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Student Who Died to be Honored

Associated Press - December 11, 2015 5:55 am

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita State University student who died after trying to stop a suicide bomber in Saudi Arabia will receive an honorary degree.

Wichita State officials announced Thursday that 22-year-old Abduljaleel Alarbash also will have a room in Jabara Hall on the college campus named for him.

Alarbash, an electrical engineering student, was killed in May when he tried to stop the suicide bomber from entering a mosque in his native Saudi Arabia.

He was in that country to be married and planned to return to Wichita to continue his education.

His posthumous degree will be awarded during Wichita State’s fall commencement ceremony Sunday.