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Funds being raised to benefit family of slain Loyola student

Funds are being raised online to benefit the family of a Loyola University student who was slain last week.

As of late Monday morning, $3,709 had been collected through the website, where the student, Mutahir Rauf, was remembered as “an extraordinary and beautiful human being.”

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Rauf was with his brother in the 1200 block of West Albion just before 8 p.m. Friday when two men walked up, showed a weapon and demanded his belongings.

The men are described to be between 18 to 20 years old and were wearing black hoodies and ski masks, Loyola University said in a statement, citing a police report.

Rauf thought the weapon was fake, tried to reach for it and was shot, Ald. Joe Moore (49th) said.

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Rauf was Pakistani and had lived in New York. He received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Northwestern University in 2013 and was a post-baccalaureate student enrolled in Loyola’s pre-health professional program. He planned to go to medical school, said Ahmed Rehab, a friend of Rauf’s family.

Rauf was already working as a medical clinical research assistant and had spent time in the Philippines working on a public health project, according to his online resume.