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Photos: Nuri Family Members Gather for Vigil at State Capitol

Family of the father and daughter killed in an accident on April 7 in Concord attended a candlelight memorial at the State Capitol in Sacramento Monday.

The Nuri family, shattered from the deaths of Soliman Nuri, 41, and his daughter Hadessa Nuri, 9, attended a candlelight memorial to highlight the dangers of distracted driving at the State Capitol Monday evening.

The Sacramento event was held by Impact Teen Drivers and the California Highway Patrol to address the dangers of distracted driving and the importance of safe driving education for teens. The event’s organizers said the vigil was held to add real faces and families to the statistics and show how families are affected.

Impact Teen Drivers’ executive director Kelly Browning invited the Nuri family after reading about the accident in the news.

Soliman Nuri and his daughter Hadessa Nuri driven by a 17-year-old. The father and his two daughters, Hadessa and Hannah Nuri, 12, were on their bicycles on the way home from the park. Hannah was injured, but survived the accident.

Tim Karimi, Soliman’s brother-in-law, said the family is still in shock.

“It was a very tragic incident for the whole family, especially for his wife and young daughter that he left behind,” Karimi said. “I think it’s very wonderful that everyone came here for a remembrance and took the time to do this, and we appreciate it.”

( held in honor of the victims in Concord two days after the accident.)

Karimi said his niece Hannah has been waking up every night with nightmares.

“She witnessed the whole thing,” he said. “Her father and sister died right in front of her.”

Nuri family members wore purple T-Shirts with photos of Soliman and Hadessa Nuri in remembrance. They chose purple because it was Hadessa’s favorite color.

This is the first time Impact Teen Drivers has held a public memorial. Browning said she wanted this event to be a learning tool, and that she has confidence that teenagers will make better decisions if empowered to do so.

“We want to change the culture, to put a face on statistics,” Browning said. “It’s a lot harder if you put a face on it to ignore it.”

Though , the police officer investigating the case, Ken Carlson, attended the event.  

“I was made aware of the program and thought it was good to get the word out,” Carlson said.

Carlson said a difference is made even if it impacts one or two teen drivers, and can help prevent another tragedy. He also highlighted the importance of educating parents on the dangers of distracted driving.

“[The accident] sparked a lot of attention in this topic and driving behavior in teens,” Carlson said. “This is a preventable thing. This should have never happened.”

Carlson could not discuss the any details of the investigation. The Nuri family said they believe in the justice system and the police investigation.

  

“I want to thank the whole community for their support,” Karimi said. “The whole community has been very supportive and the Concord Police Department for their hard work and dedication to this investigation.”

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Anon April 24, 2012 at 08:11 PM
If convicted in adult court, juveniles may be punished in the same way as adults, and may be sentenced to the same amount of time an adult could receive for the same offense. Juveniles tried as adults may not receive the death penalty, 2 but may be subjected to Life without the Possibility of Parole (LWOP). Youth serving an LWOP sentence must serve the rest of their life in prison for crimes committed when they were 14 to 17 years of age.
Anon April 24, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Children as young as 14 may be tried in California in adult criminal court through any one of the following mechanisms: Direct file in adult criminal court at the discretion of the prosecutor He should be charged as a adult!!!
Anon April 24, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Weapons and Drug Charges in Walnut Creek California.... 1 Week Later... Kills Two People In Concord California..... Charge Him!
Heather Waldo April 25, 2012 at 07:11 PM
The Woodside Elementary Parent Faculty Club is auctioning off an autographed San Jose Earthquakes Jersey with the proceeds going to the memorial fund set up in Soliaman and Hadessa Nuri's names. The San Jose Earthquakes donated this jersey in recognition of Soliaman's dedication to his family and his involvement in coaching the local youth soccer. All proceeds and donation from this auction will go to The Soliaman and Hadessa Nuri Memorial Fund. Auction ends May 5th. https://www.biddingforgood.com/woodsidewolves/nuri

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