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Ahmed Merabet, Slain Muslim Police Officer, Honoured With #JeSuisAhmed

01/08/2015 03:02 EST | Updated 01/08/2015 03:59 EST

Ahmed Merabet was killed while on patrol near the offices of Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday, the final victim of an attack that has shocked a nation and the world.

Merabet was a police officer and a Muslim, according to The Guardian.

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Ahmed Merabet

In a graphic video which has been mostly removed from the internet, one of the gunmen in the Paris attack can be seen shooting Merabet in the head as he lies wounded on the ground, his hands in the air.

People are honouring Merabet online, with many pointing out that he represents the face of modern Muslims and not the gunmen who killed 12 people on Wednesday. Inspired by #JeSuisCharlie, they are using the hashtag #JeSuisAhmed

This tweet from writer and activist Dyab Abou Jahjah set the hashtag #JeSuisAhmed on fire


HuffPost's Ahmed Shihab-Eldin pointed out the "dark irony" that Merabet was named for the same Prophet the gunmen allegedly sought to avenge

 

Others praised Merabet as a role model and a hero



Some just said thank you


#JeSuisAhmed


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