On November 18, 2009, our son Faran Khan, was enjoying himself at a public park practicing the game he loved, cricket. His peaceful practice was interrupted by three men demanding he stop playing near them. With just as much right to use the park as them, Faran choose not to leave. He was then physically confronted by the men and was forced to try to defend himself. When it was all over, Faran was on the ground beaten and viciously stabbed with a tire iron, causing his death and taking him from our family at the age of just twenty-one.
Faran's death was ruled a homicide and the men who attacked him were quickly identified. The murder weapon was found with the fingerprints of two of the men. Despite this seeming to be an open and shut case, to this day, only “one” of the three men has even been charged with “any offense”. And the one charged was released after an ineffective prosecution. Although he was charged with 1st degree Murder, his attorney argued that he was only an accomplice and that it was one of the other “uncharged men” who actually did the killing.
There is no dispute that Faran was murdered. There is no dispute about who the people who attacked him are. Why have they not all been charged? How can that be justice?
Sadly, Faran's choice to stand up for his right to access public space cost him his life. That tragedy has been compounded by the tragic total lack of justice. Please prosecute ALL parties involved in attacking and murdering our son with the same tenacity you would anyone who participated in killing one of your family members because that is what equal protection means.
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