Name: Waleed Shaalan
Age: 32 years old
Major/degree: Civil Engineering/Phd
Marital Status: Married, 3 years with one child
Waleed Shaalan, 32 years old, first stepped onto the Virginia Tech campus in August 2006. An international student originally from Zagazig Egypt, with no family members in the United States, Waleed was quickly adopted as an essential member of the Blacksburg Muslim community. Among those mourning his death are his two roommates (Fahad Pasha and Irfan Waseem) to whom Waleed was their loving older brother, cook, academic and spiritual mentor.
Waleed initially began his PhD program in Egypt, but when Virginia Tech offered him an assistance-ship position, he chose to leave his original degree path and continue it in Blacksburg. Following in the footsteps of his father, Waleed was a dedicated and passionate student of Civil Engineering. Though he had a hectic schedule, juggling classes, PhD research and TA responsibilities, he always made time for the people around him. Waleed was known for his broad smile and wave that he gave everyone.
Waleed left behind Amira his wife of 3 years, and Khaled his one-year old son.
As we express our grief and sympathy for the families of all those directly affected by this senseless tragedy, we honor them through memory and reflection; and Waleed will always be smiling in our hearts.
MSA National Memorial Fund for Waleed’s Family
From Virginia Tech MSA:
Salaam, Inna Li Lah Wa Inna Ilayhi Raji3oon. Br. Waleed Shaalan has been confirmed to be amongst the victims of yesterday’s shootings. What is needed right now is a lot of Duaa for his wife and son, and his family. Incha Allah, we will soon update you on what how his body will be handled and his Janazah will take place. JAK Wasalaam ~The MSA~ (source)
Tributes to Waleed Shaalan
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Sidi Omar H sat with his roomate, Fahad, and talked about Waleed:
I was just with brother Waleed and brother Fahad, Waleed’s room mate on Sunday. We talked for almost an hour. Waleed was a very funny brother and extremely nice.
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