Vigil Tues for Omar Islam

UPDATE here.

Another tragic death, the very same day the community gathered to protest a beating. A terrible loss of a man over a robbery. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

WHAT: Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force (PATF), along with CW Price, Garden of Peace Project, Pittsburgh Ballroom Community, Project Silk, and True T Entertainment, invite the community to come together to remember and honor Omar Islam. Islam was robbed and then shot six times while waiting for a bus in Homewood early morning on Wednesday, October 9, 2013.

WHO: This vigil is a public event and everyone is encouraged to attend.

WHERE: Homewood Bus way Station

WHEN: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 7 p.m.

WHY: To commemorate Omar Islam’s life.

CONTACT: For more information about this vigil, please contact Michael Battle at (412) 345-0597.

Islam was an active participant in PATF’s M2M Project, ballroom community member, and a respected mentor to the community. The organizers of the vigil hope this celebration of Islam’s life will strengthen the community and bring attention to the affects of such senseless violence.

“Omar now represents a whole community of people who cannot walk down the street at night without fear for their lives,” said PATF Director of Prevention Michael Battle.

Funeral services for Islam will be held at 2025 Perrysville Ave in Pittsburgh on Saturday, October 19, 2013. A wake will be held on Friday, October 18, 2013.


As the oldest and largest AIDS service organization in Southwestern Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force (PATF) is dedicated to supporting and empowering all individuals living with HIV/AIDS, and to be relentless in preventing the spread of infection. PATF is a leader in providing comprehensive support services that improve the health and quality of life for those living with HIV/AIDS in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Greene, Fayette, Indiana, Somerset, Washington, and Westmoreland counties.


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