Thursday, January 29, 2009

Finally, Someone Steps Forward with a Heart and a Brain!

From In Memory of Aqsa Parvez

Posted March 5, 2009

Hallelujah! Deepest thanks and gratitude to Atlas reader and Fire Chief, Town of Pelham, Scott McLeod, a wonderful man who contacted one of his Municipal Councillors regarding an Aqsa memorial. Councilor Sharon Cook presented a motion to offer an area in the Pelham Peace Park for a suitable Memorial. Sharon Cook, you are a righteous woman!

Chief McLeod said, "This week the council of the Town of Pelham passed a resolution to install a memorial to Aqsa Parvez in Peace Park in Fonthill (Smaller community within the Town. We expect to be ready some time later in the year and it likely will be placed in one of the areas where people rest during the day. As indicated before, I will send photos of the general area where we propose to locate the memorial."

The editor of Atlas Shrugs, the group in the U.S. who has collected the funds to pay for the bench, tree and plaque said "Scott has been working on this for months. There are indeed wonderful souls in this bizarre world we are living in. None of this would be possible without the Atlas readers who contributed and others who worked on scouting locations, Gerry Vincent, Norman Traversy, and, of course, Robert Spencer who joined me in this effort to honor this lovely, young honor killing victim.

March 4, 2009 07:19 AM - A memorial is being erected in a Niagara area park to honour the life of Aqsa Parvez, an Applewood Heights Secondary School student who was strangled to death inside her family's Mississauga home.

The Town of Pelham will install a bench and plant a tree at Peace Park to honour immigrants who are caught between cultures "and are challenged to conform to both." Pelham councillor Sharon Cook said the bench and tree will honour Parvez.

On Dec. 10, 2007, Parvez, 16, was rushed from her family's Longhorn Trail home to the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. She died later that night. An autopsy revealed she was strangled to death, police said.

The high-profile case garnered international attention. Friends of the slain teen said she feared for her life and had been threatened by family members in the weeks prior to her death, over a religious dispute.

Parvez's father, Muhammad Parvez, 57, and her brother, Waqas Parvez, 27, are each charged with first-degree murder in her death.

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