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Hundreds mourn Abdul Arian at funeral in North Hollywood
by Bob Strauss
Abdul Arian, the 19-year-old Winnetka man killed in a hail of police bullets on April 11, was buried Tuesday at the Pierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park in North Hollywood.
Hundreds of mourners attended, listening to three Muslim clerics chant and speak in both Arabic and English.
But while the clerics' messages frequently emphasized patience and endurance, many attendees who knew Arian expressed anger about the way he died, following a car chase through the San Fernando Valley that ended on the 101 Freeway in Woodland Hills last Wednesday night.
"He was shot at with 90 rounds?" Granada Hills resident Farzana Khan said, so outraged by the incident that she flew back from a visit to New York to attend the funeral. "He was not a criminal. The police were scared of a 19-year-old? No, it was because he was a Muslim. They'd ran his license plate, knew his name was Abdul. That's why they did that."
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