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A&M Dedicates Park to Explosion Victim


On July 31, 2004, an explosion caused by a gas leak at the University Apartments fatally injured Lamiya Zahin, the four-year-old daughter of graduate student Saquib Ejaz, and her paternal grandmother, Rabeya Chaudhury.

"A single accident changed everything," family friend Waqar Mohiuddin said.

A family lost a child and a mother. Texas A&M lost a member of its community.

"We can rejoice this day in remembering Lamiya as a very young and vibrant little girl who brightened the lives of literally everyone who came in contact with her," Dr. Dean Bresciani, Texas A&M Vice President for Student Affairs said.

In honor of Lamiya, the park at the University Apartments has been renamed the Lamiya Zahin Memorial Park.

"She spent all her years playing in this very park, riding her bike, walking with her parents and holding their hands," Mohiuddin said.

A picture of Lamiya is displayed on a marker covered in butterflies, which were her favorite.

The awnings covering the playground are blue in honor of her favorite color.

However, Lamiya will not only be remembered for butterflies and the color blue, but for her role in bringing the Texas A&M community closer together.

"I believe we now enjoy a university environment that more thoroughly includes and more carefully thinks about the role of our international students in and as members of our campus community," Bresciani said.

"She made a significant change by breaking the invisible barriers among the communities on campus now we feel more closer to each other than ever, we feel bonded, and we feel more like we belong to one big Aggie family," Mohiuddin said.

A family that is keeping the memories of Lamiya alive.

Lamiya's family did not attend Wednesday's events.

The family representative said her mom and dad will visit the memorial, but right now it is too emotional.

The family has filed a civil suit.


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