Family of man implicated in death of special needs brother release media statement
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The family of 30-year-old Anwar and 27-year-old Akram Husain released a statement shortly after Akram’s arrest in connection to Anwar’s death.
The statement is attached below:
“Anwar Mohammed Zakir Husain, Zaky, as we called him, meant the world to all of us. He was the baby of nine children and will always be our baby brother. A vibrant, young man with Down Syndrome who loved everyone he met. When he met his niece while he was in his teens, who was 6 months younger, he said he wanted to marry her. He was passionate and stubborn about what he liked and what he didn’t like. He would sneak food that he was actually allowed to eat, but wanted to hide it for reasons only he knows. He also thought he was more independent than he should have and ran away a few times to prove his independence. Always a scare, but ended up back home soon. His super hero was the Hunchback of Notre Dame because he related to him from the movie as a young child. We will miss him growing up and are heartbroken that our time with him is no more.
We were all already going through severe grief with the loss of our niece, daughter, grand-daughter, cousin, sister, Molly Burgess, who was needlessly killed in a hit and run only 8 days before our brother, Zaky, died. We all surrounded Akram, who we affectionately call Aki, at the burial of our brother, Zaky, and our step-father assisted in placing his body in the grave during his Muslim burial. Aki was hardly consolable as we all gathered around him in support. Both of the boys had just lost their father and were devastated by that tremendous loss less than 2 months earlier. Although their father had a stroke a few years’ back, no one expects their father to die or in those years have a change in their relationship from father/sons to caregiver at the ages of 24/27. They were raised in Bangladeshi culture as mixed race Bengali/Native American, but this was their first great loss of a loved one who they’ve known since birth.
Although, as a family, we’ve been estranged for many years due to divorce and miscommunications in the family, we weren’t allowed to communicate or visit with them for 20 years. We’ve been communicating through Facebook for nearly 10 years and have been longing for this relationship with them for all these years. When his father died, this past January, we were hopeful at the possibility of this renewed relationship with both of them and have spent as much time with him as we possible could since Zaky died. Pray for our family, as we are seriously heartbroken at the loss of our baby brother, Zaky.”
The family told CBS13 that they are supporting Akram, the man charged with manslaughter in Anwar’s death.
“We support Aki 100 percent. He has all of our support, our love, no matter what the outcome is. It doesn’t change how we feel about him,” a family member told the outlet.
Similar to the public and reporters, the family is unaware of the exact circumstances in Anwar’s death.
Husain is set to appear in court in late May.