Brother of activist is killed in Egypt violence
Ahmed Bedier, a Tampa man who has been active in recent years in local civic and political causes, lost a brother this week to the ongoing violence in Egypt.
Bedier, the former director of the Tampa chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, was visiting Egypt for a family wedding when his brother was killed. He told of the death in a post Wednesday on his personal Twitter page.
"My brother Amir Bedier was shot killed by #Egypt police in #Rabaa," the tweet read. "He was unarmed & fasting. We r proud of him & love him #30june #tahrir."
In later tweets, Bedier said his brother was shot in the neck by a police sniper. He also appealed for help in getting his brother's body removed from a makeshift morgue. Authorities would not permit the body's removal unless it was declared to be a "natural death," Bedier wrote.
Bedier was the local director of CAIR until 2008, when he founded United Voices for America, an organization that promotes minority involvement in the political process. He currently serves as the organization's president.
He has described himself as a community organizer, becoming a familiar face to Tampa Bay media in recent years, often providing input for stories regarding issues affecting Muslim and Arab Americans. Born in Egypt, Bedier immigrated to the U.S. as a child.