Please Remember in Your Prayers St. Thomas Graduate Student Moussa Maayif

Please remember in your prayers Moussa Maayif, who was a St. Thomas graduate student in Graduate Programs in Software at the Opus College of Business.

Maayif, 39, was killed early Sunday morning, Aug. 23, in a violent car crash near University Avenue and Vandalia Street in St. Paul. The driver of the other vehicle was fleeing police and has been charged with criminal vehicular homicide.

According to the Star Tribune, Maayif  immigrated to the United States from Mauritania in northwestern Africa and had recently been promoted at Boston Scientific. He volunteered at a food shelf and with Building Blocks, a Minneapolis nonprofit that applies Islamic principles that advocate community building, working for the common good and helping those in need.

Janazah prayers (Muslim funeral services) are scheduled at 1:30 p.m. today, Aug. 26, at the Masjid Al-Huda mosque, 2534 Central Ave. N.E., Minneapolis. People of all faiths are welcome. After the prayers, Maayif's body will be flown to Mauritania.

Building Blocks is gathering funds to assist Maayif's family with the return of the body and funeral expenses. Donations may be sent to Building Blocks, 2534 Central Ave. N.E., Minneapolis, MN 55418, or can be made online. Online donations should be made to the general fund and noted "Moussa Maayif." For more information, call (612) 789-9227 or e-mail