FARMINGTON HILLS (WWJ) – A father of seven is murdered in Detroit and the community is rallying around the family to establish a relief fund to help with the financial hardship.

The Chaldean American Ladies of Charity (CALC) are collaborating with the Walled Lake School District and the Chaldean Community Foundation on an Emergency Relief Fund to help after 49-year-old Samir Hannawa was gunned down outside a Detroit repair shop in broad daylight.

Students from Walnut Creek Middle School have also been raising money in an effort to help the family.

“Helping families in need is what the CALC has been doing for more than 50 years,” said Glora Kassa, CALC President. “Being the conduit between people who want to help and the family, is something we are happy to embrace.”

Hannawa was shot in the head by an unknown gunman. The police  continue to investigate the motive for the murder.

The West Bloomfield father, worked as a manager at a Detroit liquor store. Before his shift on November 7, his family says Samir stopped at Great Lakes Transmissions to drop his car off. It was just before 1 p.m. when two men pulled up to the business on the corner of Wyoming and Intervale streets on the city’s west side and killed Samir.

Hannawa migrated to the U.S. in 2000 and is originally from Telkaif, Iraq. He leaves behind a wife and 7 children ages 2 to 18.

If you are interested in helping this family, you can make donations to the “CALC in care of Hannawa Family.” Mail checks to 32000 Northwestern Hwy Ste:150, Farmington Hills, MI 48334 or by linking onto to donate by PayPal or call 248-538-8300.

If you have any information about this incident you are asked to call police or CrimeStoppers at 1 (800) Speakup.



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