Our good friend Zack Noureddine always strived for success; chasing his dreams and pushing the creative limits in a way only Zack could. He was a man of his word and always followed through with his plans.
Late last week, news came from Toronto of yet another tragic and senseless murder cutting a young life short. We had no clue it was one of our own. The Ottawa hip-hop community has been deeply saddened by the loss of contributor, journalist and friend Zaher “Zack” Noureddine.
Zack, just 25, was found by emergency workers around 12:30 a.m. at Yonge and Lola Road in Toronto, at around 2 a.m., the family got a call from the hospital, saying that their son had been seriously injured and was in a coma.
Toronto Police stated Saturday Shortly after midnight, the group that Noureddine was with ended up in an altercation with another group. Noureddine, was killed in an ensuing violent robbery, and they’re still searching for three suspects who wearing dark-colored clothing and who had fled the area in a light-colored four-door sedan.
Although no official cause of death has been released, Noureddine’s family told news outlets that he had suffered a blow to the back of his head near his spinal cord and died from bleeding in his brain. He was kept on life-support at a Toronto hospital until his family could arrive from Ottawa.
Remembering Zack Noureddine
We will always remember Zack. His generosity and good-heartedness were only a fraction of the qualities that made him a great human being. He was there for his family, there for his friends and was the type of person you would want as a friend. He was a hard-working individual who made a name for himself on the scene through work with various publications as a writer and photographer; magazines and online publication like HipHopCanada.com, HypeBeast.com, RollingStone.com and more.
Most of all, Zack will always be remembered as a good friend and peer to all of us over at CapCityHipHop.com. Our hearts and prayers go out to Zack’s family and friends and supporters during this time. His contributions remain a huge part of the site’s archive and represent some of our most popular pieces. Whether it was covering Bluesfest or local shows, Zack always brought his A game with the utmost professionalism. Canadian hip-hop as a whole will suffer from the loss of his support.
Even in his passing, Zack continued to help others. As the Ottawa Citizen reports, “During a Thanksgiving visit home, the young man told his parents that he had decided to become an organ donor. It wasn’t something his mother or father had encouraged, but Hassan Noureddine said he suspects his son might have been inspired as a youngster by having heard of a relative who’d donated a kidney to save her son. ‘Maybe this triggered something in his mind.’ Whatever the reason, half-a-dozen people in need of organs have already benefited.”
Zack’s funeral was yesterday in Ottawa inside the Maison Funeraire Racine, Robert & Gauthier Funeral Home and the turn out was incredible. Members of the CapCityHipHop team attended the funeral along with members of the Ottawa hip-hop community.
A GoFundMe campaign has been created by Zack’s friend Peter Coultas , a Foundation which helps victims of crime and those who suffer from PTSD. The link is: https://www.gofundme.com/zacknoureddinefund.
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