Bay Area Families Coping with Unrest in Egypt

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    NBC Bay Area's Marianne Favro talks with a man who's brother in law was killed Wednesday while protesting against the military in Egypt.

    The violence in Egypt is taking a toll on families in the Bay Area. Several have lost loved ones in the past few weeks.
    NBC Bay Area’s Marianne Favro talked with one man whose brother-in-law was killed Wednesday while protesting against the ousting of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi last month.

    Ahmed Ragab of Santa Clara says his brother-in-law’s commitment to democracy cost him his life.

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    For weeks, as the violence in Egypt has again escalated, so too did Ragab’s fear for his brother-in-law’s safety. He knew Muhammad Yacout was in Rabaa Square protesting.

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    “He couldn’t settle for his vote being stolen away, the way it happened on July 3rd,” Ragab said. “We were told he was killed by a sniper shot from a chopper in Rabaa Square.”

    Yacout was just 37 years old, a devoted father of two children, ages 3 and 5. He was an engineer who worked during the day and joined protesters at night.

    Ragab says, at the time of Yacout’s death, his brother-in-law was trying to stop a military bulldozer from taking over Raaba Square.

    “My sadness doesn’t stop at the loss of Mohammed, but I mourn the whole nation and the way the army general is pulling all of Egypt into a black hole basically,” Ragab said.

    Ragab said he hopes Yacout’s children will one day enjoy political freedom in Egypt
    and understand that it was a dream their father fought passionately for.

    Ragab and his wife plan to fly to Egypt this weekend for Yacout’s memorial.

    A vigil showing support for the protesters in Egypt was scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Thursday night in San Jose at the corner of Winchester and Stevens Creek.