Rehmat Mehboob, 22, Nairobi, Kenya, is among the victims of the Kenyan terror attack. She is the niece of Fawzia Keval of Sacramento.
SACRAMENTO- A Sacramento woman has a personal tie to the victims in an attack at a Kenyan mall.
Fawzia Keval of Sacramento says the Kenyan massacre at a packed upscale mall in Nairobi hits close to home. Her 22-year-old niece was killed Saturday morning. Her 18-year-old nephew was also shot, but will survive.
"They ran together and that's when they got shot," said Keval.
Another relative, shot four times, is expected to pull through.
But the toll from the violence continues to grow.
"I found out some acquaintances, who we were looking for in Nairobi, were found dead," said Keval.
Keval has been checking Facebook, receiving text messages, watching KTN live news from Kenya.
Kevel, a director of elementary education in the Elk Grove Unified School District, can't believe the violence.
She was born and raised in Nairobi. She was just there in July and August.
She says the violence stems from political differences, not necessarily religious ones.
"This is more of a political thing between Kenya and Somalia and the group everyone are talking about is al Shabab. They are from Somalia," said Kevel. "They weren't just being violent against non-Muslims. They were just being violent. And they were being very random."
According to Kevel, the alleged attackers are extremists and fanatic and should not be confused with peace-loving Muslims.
"I just want everybody to know that most of us are peace-loving. These are just a few. I call them crazy I call them cowardly, I call them barbaric. They are just hiding behind the name of religion," said Keval.
By Suzanne Phan, firstname.lastname@example.org