Hundreds of individuals attended a memorial service on Sunday for the Bowie, Maryland, couple who died final month because of the excessive warmth in Saudi Arabia.

When the Hampton Conference Center was initially booked for July 7, it was to be a celebration to congratulate Alhaji Alieu Dausy and Haja Isatu Wurie on their journey.

Instead, the Capitol Heights, Maryland, venue was the location of a memorial service honoring their reminiscence Sunday.

The Bowie couple misplaced their lives throughout a pilgrimage to Mecca as excessive warmth was blamed for his or her deaths together with 1,300 different individuals throughout Hajj final month. Hajj is among the 5 pillars of Islam and required of each Muslim no less than as soon as of their lifetime.

At the service honoring her mother and father, Saida Wurie advised WTOP that she alongside together with her brothers, a pal and the pinnacle of her mom’s mosque traveled to Saudi Arabia to go to her mother and father’ grave web site.

“We had been additionally capable of gather their belongings that had been on them on the time of their demise,” Wurie stated. “It positively supplied us with some kind of closure.”

The group returned final Wednesday after a multiday journey. During their time within the nation, Wurie stated she skilled the warmth situations that price her mother and father their lives.

“When I went it was solely 105 levels. Reports had been saying that it was over 120 levels after they had been there,” stated Wurie. “I can’t think about what everybody there went by way of. It was an unreal expertise.”

Before Alhaji Alieu Dausy, 71, and Haja Isatu Wurie, 65, left to go on their pilgrimage, they spent $23,000 on a journey company. The couple believed that the corporate would maintain all of lodging.

Once her mother and father had been in Saudi Arabia, Wurie acquired texts from her mother and father saying the corporate didn’t present correct paperwork, preparation, meals, water or transportation. They had been pressured to stroll for 2 hours.

Wurie advised WTOP that she has not heard from anybody from the journey company.

“Justice must be served,” stated Wurie. “We don’t need this to occur to a different household.”

Hundreds attended Memorial Service for Alhaji Alieu Dausy and Haja Isatu Wurie on the Hampton Conference Center in Capitol Heights, Maryland, on July 7, 2024. (WTOP/Jimmy Alexander)

People had been nonetheless pouring hours after the four-hour service began. While a employees member of the Hampton Conference Center was bringing in additional chairs, they advised WTOP that 600 was the constructing’s capability.

Wurie stood in the back of the constructing and seemed round on the room, talking to WTOP inches from the bustling entrance.

“It simply exhibits how a lot love that they gave individuals, and now they’re receiving it in return,” stated Wurie. “They additionally acquired that love whereas they had been right here, and I nonetheless respect that the love nonetheless continues.”

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