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Egypt: Christian student murdered for refusing to remove crucifix

October 31, 2011

Ayman Nabil Labib, a 17-year-old Coptic Christian student, was murdered by Muslim classmates after refusing to remove a crucifix he was wearing, the Assyrian International News Agency is reporting.

The murder, which took place on October 16 in the central Egyptian town of Mallawi, took place after a teacher asked Labib to cover up a tattooed cross on his wrist. Labib refused, instead uncovering a cross necklace.

“The teacher nearly choked my son, and some Muslim students joined in the beating,” said Labib’s father.

“They beat my son so much in the classroom that he fled to the lavatory on the ground floor, but they followed him and continued their assault,” the victim’s mother added. “When one of the supervisors took him to his room, Ayman was still breathing. The ambulance transported him from there dead, one hour later.”

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  • Posted by: Richard999 - Nov. 02, 2011 2:31 AM ET USA

    Mr. Spanier you are citing from the early Qur'an. Later, when the muslims are in the majority they will be allowed to kill in the name of Allah and there is no mention that Jews and Christians would be excluded.

  • Posted by: a son of Mary - Nov. 01, 2011 9:05 PM ET USA

    It is common for Copts to have a small simple tattooed cross on their wrists. Active throughout the world, including the USA, the Ikhwan Muslimeen (Muslim Brotherhood) will never stop murderous acts against Christians. The Arab Spring has changed anything in Egypt and may have unleashed some real zealots who HATE Christianity. Pls pray for our Coptic and Pakistani brothers and sisters as they are suffering.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 01, 2011 7:13 AM ET USA

    Wonder if those young muslim murderers are members of the muslim brotherhood that some persons in our American administration put forth as the best people to run Egypt? This is so sickening, what those murderers did; no wonder the people living there are so scared.

  • Posted by: R. Spanier (Catholic Canadian) - Oct. 31, 2011 11:35 PM ET USA

    According to the Qur'an, this murder was an act of great evil: "Those who believe (in the Qur'an), and those who follow the Jewish (scriptures), and the Christians and the Sabians, - any who believe in God and the Last Day, and work righteousness, shall have their reward with their Lord; on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve." [Qur’an 2.62]

  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - Oct. 31, 2011 8:10 PM ET USA

    I'm sure our Lord has a special place in heaven for this young martyr. Please pray for peace and comfort for the hearts of those who love him.

  • Posted by: rpp - Oct. 31, 2011 6:04 PM ET USA

    Let me guess, no one will be charged.