'Not just some guy that got shot': Fundraiser launched for Saskatoon shooting victim's family

A woman who taught shooting victim Mark Enwaya to speak English when he first moved here from Iraq in 2012 is spearheading a fundraiser for his family.

Mark Enwaya, 31, was the primary provider for parents and sister

Mark Enwaya was Saskatoon's second homicide victim of the year. (Supplied by Gina Bak)

Gina Bak says it's a double tragedy.

Mark Enwaya's family didn't just lose a brother and son when the 31-year-old was fatally shot in an alley behind the 100 block of Avenue Q South in March.

They also lost their primary provider.

Bak says the shooting has sent the family into a tailspin. They moved to Saskatoon from Iraq in 2012 to flee violence in their homeland. This is not how it was supposed to play out.

"I really hope that community members realize what a tragedy this is, and not just some other guy that got shot and it was sad," she in an interview with Saskatoon Morning host Leisha Grebinski.

Bak taught the Enwaya family English for their first two years in Saskatoon. She spoke with them after the shooting.

"They just kept saying, 'Why did we come to Saskatoon?' "

Enwaya was the family's primary source of income, according to Bak.

"He was a really fast learner and actually didn't stay that long with me. He wanted to work hard," Bak said. "He provided for their family, he always gave rides to his Mom. He was always always super respectful, he really loved his sister."

Bak has started a GoFundMe campaign with a goal of raising $15,000 for Enwaya's family.

"The $15,000 isn't going to go a super-long way, but it's just going to be one load off of their back," she said.

"They just won't have to worry for just a moment of time."

Two teens, aged 15 and 17, are charged with second-degree murder in Enwaya's death. They were arrested shortly after the shooting.

With files from Saskatoon Morning


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