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Candlelight vigil held in honour of Calgary woman killed by her ex

Family and friends of Nadia El-Dib gather for a vigil in her honour on Monday, March 25, 2019. .
Family and friends of Nadia El-Dib gather for a vigil in her honour on Monday, March 25, 2019. . Global News

Family and friends of a young Calgary woman who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend last year gathered at her gravesite on Monday for a candlelight vigil in her honour.

Nadia El-Dib was found dead in the backyard of a Marlborough Park home on March 25, 2018.

Police said the 22-year-old had been stabbed dozens of times and shot twice.

READ MORE: Crime Beat podcast: ‘If I can’t have you… no one can’ — the murder of Nadia El-Dib

Police issued a Canada-wide warrant for El-Dib’s ex-boyfriend, Adam Bettahar, following her murder. Bettahar was later killed in an exchange of gunfire with RCMP in Evansburg, Alta.

Nadia El-Dib.
Nadia El-Dib. Obtained by Global News
Abderrahmane Bettahar, who police said goes by Adam, is described as 6’0” tall, with a slim build, brown hair and brown eyes.
Abderrahmane Bettahar, who police said goes by Adam, is described as 6’0” tall, with a slim build, brown hair and brown eyes. Calgary Police
Nadia El-Dib.
Nadia El-Dib. Obtained by Global News

Nadia’s sister Racha El-Dib says the support the community has shown their family has been invaluable.

“To say that we are able to get through this alone is not right,” Racha said. “It’s really through the people around us that love us and that are here for us all the time. You know a year later, this turnout is amazing. So just knowing that people are here to listen and help has been pretty great.”

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“It’s been a rollercoaster of a ride. A lot of acceptance, denial, a lot of anger, grief… just in the way that Nadia passed, it was very violent and traumatic for my whole family.”

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Family and friends of Nadia El-Dib gather in Calgary for a vigil in her honour on Monday, March 25, 2019.
Family and friends of Nadia El-Dib gather in Calgary for a vigil in her honour on Monday, March 25, 2019. Global News
Family and friends of Nadia El-Dib gather in Calgary for a vigil in her honour on Monday, March 25, 2019.
Family and friends of Nadia El-Dib gather in Calgary for a vigil in her honour on Monday, March 25, 2019. Global News
Family and friends of Nadia El-Dib gather in Calgary for a vigil in her honour on Monday, March 25, 2019.
Family and friends of Nadia El-Dib gather in Calgary for a vigil in her honour on Monday, March 25, 2019. Global News

Since her death, El-Dib’s family has worked to raise awareness about domestic abuse.

“Being a young woman out on the town with some friends and not making it home is every parent’s and woman’s worst nightmare,” Racha said.

The family has also created a scholarship in Nadia’s name which helps survivors of domestic violence.

Anyone needing help with violence or abuse in an intimate relationship is encouraged to reach out for help by calling Connect Family & Sexual Abuse Network at 403-237-5888 (Toll Free: 1-877-237-5888), the 24-hour Family Violence Helpline at 403-234-SAFE (7233), or 211.