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March 28, 2014 12:00 AM

Family mourns artist who fled violence in Iraq only to be killed in a Sacramento parking lot

Hassan Alawsi fled murders and kidnappings in his native Iraq, only to be shot to death March 16 in the Home Depot parking lot on Florin Road after a mundane shopping trip. His family said the artist who had taught special-needs youths in Elk Grove loved his adoptive country and planned to return to Baghdad to find a wife and start his own family in Sacramento.

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