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Family of slain Loyola student seeks answers, not vengeance

Mutahir Rauf

The brother of a Loyola University Chicago student killed last week in an attempted robbery said Tuesday that as the grieving family seeks answers and justice — they aren’t interested in vengeance.

“We seek peace, not vengeance, understanding, not bigotry,” Mokaram Rauf told reporters at Piper Hall on Loyola’s lakeshore campus. “We see this brutal act as being symptomatic of a greater epidemic of poverty and violence pervading Chicago ….”

Mutahir Rauf, 23, was shot and killed Friday during an attempted robbery. Rauf was with another brother in the 1200 block of West Albion just before 8 p.m. when two men walked up and showed a weapon.

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

On Tuesday, Mokaram Rauf said his family has “full faith” that Chicago police will solve the case.

Mutahir 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.

“His bright spirit will continue to shine in the darkest corners of our hearts,” Mokaram Rauf said.