US Representative Ilhan Omar’s father dies due to coronavirus

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) – Father of Somalia-born US Representative Ilhan Omar died on Monday night (June 15) of complications from the novel coronavirus, local media reported.

“It is with tremendous sadness and pain to say goodbye to my father,” the Minnesota congresswoman tweeted late on Monday.

US Representative Ilhan Omar speaks to a crowd gathered for a march to defund the Minneapolis Police Department on June 6, 2020.
US Representative Ilhan Omar speaks to a crowd gathered for a march to defund the Minneapolis Police Department on June 6, 2020.PHOTO: AFP

“No words can describe what he meant to me and all who knew and loved him.”

Omar and her father Nur Mohamed came to the United States as refugees in 1995 from Somalia during the country’s civil war and eventually settled in Minneapolis, according to Politico.

Omar was elected along with Michigan Representative Rashida Tlaiin in November 2018 making them among the first two Muslim women to serve in the US Congress.

The Minnesota representative did not respond to Reuters request for a comment.

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