More than 150 mourners gathered in Antioch Wednesday to honor the memory of Concord resident Solaiman Nuri, 41, and his 9-year-old daughter, who were struck and killed by an SUV while riding their bikes in Concord Saturday morning.
Dozens of family members, friends and community members braved wet weather to attend the funeral service and burial at Oak View Memorial Park on East 18th Street Wednesday afternoon for the father and daughter, who were killed when a 17-year-old Concord boy speeding down Treat Boulevard lost control of his SUV and struck them.
Nuri died at the scene and his daughter, Hadessa, died a short time after being taken to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, police said.
The driver, who was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, was released from juvenile hall in Martinez Tuesday, and the Contra Costa County District Attorney's office is awaiting results of a full police investigation before deciding whether to file charges, police said.
Wednesday, memorial attendees shared prayers and listened as a local mullah paid tribute to the father and daughter and reminded attendees not to take their loved ones for granted.
"As much as you prepare yourself for something like this, you're never prepared," said Emal Karzai of the tragic deaths of his brother-in-law and niece.
Karzai spoke on behalf of his widowed sister and 12-year-old niece, who had joined her father and sister for a bike ride Saturday morning but suffered only minor injuries in the collision.
Neither Nuri's wife or his surviving daughter took part in Wednesday's memorial.
Relatives and friends traveled from throughout the state and the country to be at Wednesday's memorial, which was set to continue at the Masjid Abu Bakr Al-Siddiq mosque in Hayward, said Malalai Ali, Nuri's cousin.
Those of Nuri's friends and family members who spoke to reporters after the memorial service all agreed -- the 41-year-old was one of the kindest, most positive people they'd known -- a man whose life centered around his family and community service.
Family members also spoke about the special bond between Nuri and Hadessa, whom Karzai said "wouldn't go anywhere without her dad - she was a daddy's girl."
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