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Azzeddine Soufiane’s title has lower by means of the hushed silence of the Quebec Metropolis courtroom a number of occasions this week, the place his killer is awaiting sentencing on six counts of first-degree homicide and 6 counts of tried homicide.

Those that knew Soufiane name him Brother Azzeddine or Mr. Azzeddine in respectful tones.

Within the hours following the lethal capturing at a Quebec Metropolis mosque on Jan. 29, 2017, phrase rapidly unfold that the cheerful grocery retailer proprietor had tried to disarm Alexandre Bissonnette.

Surveillance video performed in the beginning of Bissonnette’s sentencing listening to final week confirmed Soufiane dashing the gunman, practically managing to knock him down. Bissonnette, nonetheless, was capable of take out his pistol, and shot Soufiane at shut vary, repeatedly.

Soufiane died from his accidents.

That brave act has been recounted in each survivor’s testimonial all through the sentencing listening to, which continues this week.

“When [Bissonnette] reloaded his weapon, I witnessed Azzeddine’s bravery,” Saïd Akjour stated on Tuesday.

Akjour, who was shot within the shoulder, was the second survivor to clarify to Quebec Superior Court docket Justice François Huot how his life was turned the wrong way up after the assault.

Saïd Akjour stated he wished to observe Soufiane as he moved towards the shooter however was too far-off. (Maxime Corneau/Radio-Canada)

He described how he had been quietly studying passages from the Qur’an when Bissonnette stormed into the prayer room that night.

He remembered seeing Soufiane charging towards Bissonnette, letting out a scream, “as if to inform us ‘Let’s go collectively.'”

Akjour stated he realized he did not have time to succeed in Bissonnette and tried to cover behind a pillar.

He noticed Bissonnette’s response as Soufiane stored on. 

“I noticed he was afraid; he even stepped again,” Akjour stated.

‘I noticed every little thing’

Mohamed Khabar was in the course of the room when Soufiane rushed towards the doorway of the mosque, the place Bissonnette was reloading his semi-automatic pistol.

The 43-year-old barber began operating behind Soufiane, towards the gunfire.

Mohamed Khabar was hit by two bullets in the course of the assault. He says he’s nonetheless unable to work due to fixed ache in his leg and toe, the place he was shot. (Julia Web page/CBC)

As they moved nearer to the doorway the place Bissonnette was standing, “[Soufiane] began yelling, ‘Cease, cease!'” Khabar stated.

“And rapidly, Azzeddine fell.” 

Khabar stated he stopped in his tracks when Soufiane was hit by the first bullet.

“I wished to do one thing, however if you find yourself unarmed…” he stated, his phrases trailing off, revealing the helplessness many males current within the mosque that evening have described feeling.

‘Forgive us’

Saïd El-Amari sobbed as he informed the court docket he was the final particular person to talk with Soufiane that evening. They had been chatting within the prayer room seconds earlier than Bissonnette began capturing.

Attempting to take cowl in a small alcove in the back of the room, El-Amari rotated and noticed his pal fall to the bottom.

Saïd El-Amari, a father of 4, stated he can’t overcome the sensation of regret that has overwhelmed him for the reason that assault. (Julia Web page/CBC)

“I am talking to his spouse: forgive us for not having been capable of assist him,” El-Amari informed the court docket, saying he has been haunted by guilt for the reason that capturing.

He stated when his spouse discovered there had been an assault that evening, she rushed to the mosque to seek out him. When she was informed by pals Soufiane had died, she imagined the worst for her husband, who was all the time by Soufiane’s aspect.

El-Amari stated his spouse thought: “If Azzeddine is lifeless, it is sure he was with him; it is sure he’s lifeless.”

Earlier than adjourning, Huot tried to consolation the daddy of 4, telling him the intuition to outlive would have pushed anybody to react the identical means.

“Gestures of the character of Mr. Soufiane’s are bigger than us, and distinctive, and that’s the reason we name these individuals heroes,” Huot stated.

“That doesn’t imply it’s best to really feel any regret.”

‘He sacrificed himself’

Hakim Chambaz was not hit by any bullets that evening, however he testified that he has felt empty and chilly ever since.

Chambaz met Soufiane in 1993, once they had been each working with the province’s scientific analysis institute, INRS.

Soufiane, a geologist, was somebody who helped anybody in want, Chambaz informed the courtroom. 

He nonetheless has a really clear picture of his pal’s final moments.

“Azzeddine did his greatest to avoid wasting the opposite brothers,” stated Chambaz.

“He sacrificed himself for others.”

The six victims of the Quebec Mosque capturing, clockwise from left: Mamadou Tanou Barry, Azzeddine Soufiane, Abdelkrim Hassane, Ibrahima Barry, Aboubaker Thabti and Khaled Belkacemi (CBC)

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