Community Gathers To Remember Murder Victim, Khalid Jabara
TULSA, Oklahoma - More than 100 people gathered Sunday night for a community vigil to remember a man who was shot and killed this month.
This past week has been a very trying time for Khalid Jabara’s family; losing their loved one in what they say is a senseless act of violence.
Sunday night, they remembered Khalid by spreading his good nature and taking steps to ensure this doesn't happen to any other families.
Just like the candles that burned at the vigil, the love between Khalid, his older sister Victoria and younger brother Rami shines bright.
"So genuine and generous,” Rami said.
Victoria said, "He was sensitive, talented."
The siblings remember their brother as the person they wanted to be.
Rami said, "He would give his last couple of bucks or dollars to somebody he saw in need."
On August 12th, police say Khalid was shot and killed by his neighbor, Stanley Vernon Majors.
The killing came after years of what the Jabaras say has been harassment and violent interactions between them and Majors.
"Very afraid of the situation,” Rami said. “It's unfortunate because we did think, 'What's he going to do next?'"
911 tapes released this week show Khalid called 911 twice to report issues with his neighbor leading up to his death - at one point saying he believed his call was an emergency.
A third and final 911 call came from Khalid's father, Mounah Jabara, shortly after he found his son shot.
The Jabaras say Majors would say racial slurs at them, and they believe their brother’s killing was in the same vain.
"For me, it definitely is a hate crime," Victoria said.
Sunday night, friends, family, and those touched by Khalid's death came to a vigil at Hardesty Regional Library, just feet behind Khalid's home where he was shot.
While the family wants to grieve, they're left thinking, how could this happen after all the time they tried to reach out for help, especially after each negative interaction with Majors.
Now, more than ever, they want justice.
“That this guy hasn't even see trial once," Rami said. "Vernon Majors to see his trial, honestly, that's all we're asking for. That's what we asked for the last two times he violated the protective order,"
The Jabaras say they want time to grieve and process Khalid's death, then, they will decide if they want to pursue legal action in his name.