Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Funeral in Calgary for Woman Killed Trying to Stop Driver Who Didn't Pay for Gas

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Funeral in Calgary for Woman Killed Trying to Stop Driver Who Didn't Pay for Gas

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Funeral held for woman killed in gas and dash

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CALGARY - The husband of a Calgary woman killed while trying to stop a driver who didn't pay for gas thanked mourners for coming to her funeral, adding they are his family now.

Maryam Rashidi, who was 36, had been on the job for three days at Centex gas station when she was hit and run over by a stolen pickup truck whose driver tried to flee after not paying for $113 worth of gas.

Family and friends gathered Friday to remember Rashidi, who was born in Iran and attended university, earning a bachelor of chemical engineering degree.

She met her husband, Ahmed Mourani Shallo, while working in the oil and gas industry and the two were married in 2005 and their son was born in 2009.

The couple immigrated to Canada in 2014 and settled in Calgary in January.

Shallo said in Farsi -- which was translated by a friend -- that the couple overcame many obstacles to come to Canada and had many dreams about what they could achieve here.

"With the experience and expertise we brought to Canada, we were certain that we would achieve our dreams one after another. We shared a home full of motherly love, a father's determination and a healthy son.

"We both believed that we must strive to keep our cultural values while looking for the new ways to succeed in the new society. Unfortunately this terrible accident cast a shadow on our happiness. …

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