The Saudi Embassy in Washington is working to complete the handing back of the body of Saudi student Sayed Mahdi Al-Hashem, who died last Friday in a traffic accident.
Abdullah al-Ibrahim, a relative of al-Hashim, said that 21-year-old Sayed Mahdi al-Hashem from Al-Ahsa and a resident of Dammam is a chemical engineering student on his second academic year.
He has started his studies in 2014 and was loved by his colleagues, he added.
"We were on Thanksgiving holiday for a week and went to Birmingham on Thursday to shop and buy some supplies, we had lunch together, we were smiling and happy, but we preferred to return to the state of Alabama where we lived.
Al-Hashem stayed behind with his colleague who was with him during the accident which was reported to the police at 10 am on Friday morning.
“We went to the hospital after the news confirmed, I called his father and informed him of the accident, he is in shock till today,” al-Ibrahim said.
As for his last communication with his family, al-Ibrahim said, adding that al-Hashim was in touch with them before the accident and has bought gifts and some souvenirs for his family.
Aqil, al-Ibrahim roommate, said that he welcomed in his place all those who knew Ibrahim and wanted to pay their condolences. He spoke words of kindness and praise of Al-Ibrahim’s good manners and nature.
His colleague Faisal Al-Dalaiqan, met the Saudi student him at a Language Institute in Paxlosa, Alabama, in 2015.
“He was diligent and eager to study, and then joined the same university to study chemical engineering, and I joined another university in Birmingham,” he said.
Saleh Al-Wahaibi, president of the Saudi Students Club in Birmingham, said that the Saudi consulate in Houston got involved after learning about the tragic accident and completed the proceedings including sending a lawyer to follow up on the matter.
He said that he received the news by the students through Whatsapp.
He added that all those who knew the student al-Hashim felt deeply sad and shocked after his loss.
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