Fight breaks out at vigil for missing Muslim woman

Emotions boiled over at a candlelight vigil held in downtown Edmonton Sunday evening for teacher and mother Nadia Atwi. The vigil ended in violence within minutes of starting.

Dozens had turned out for the vigil organized by family members in the 32-year-old’s honour at Churchill Square after loved ones and the community had been searching tirelessly since the woman disappeared more than a week ago.

During one of the speeches, Atwi’s husband confronted a woman who was speaking and threw down his candle and walked away. Moments later, an argument started behind the group that was gathered there.

Mayhem broke out as the group scattered, shouting began and several people screamed in shock as Atwi’s husband, Ali Fneich, was chased into the street by at least one man. People also began shouting accusations and profanity.