Wichita State Student Is Honored Posthumously for Heroism
The university in May said goodbye to 22-year-old electrical engineering student Abduljaleel “Jaleel” Alarbash, who was killed while trying to stop a man with explosives from entering a mosque in Saudi Arabia.
Alarbash, who had gone home to Saudi Arabia to be married, was one of four people killed in the bombing attack. The Islamic State later claimed responsibility.
Alarbash and his cousin had volunteered to stand guard outside Imam Hussein mosque in Dammam, according to law enforcement reports. The young men saw what appeared to be a man dressed as a woman try to enter the mosque. Alarbash and his cousin chased the person away from the mosque and died when the man detonated explosives in the mosque parking lot, according to reports.
Saudi Arabia officials said at the time that had the young men not taken action, the death toll would have been much higher.