A 26-year-old Toronto man has died in the strife in Egypt.
Family members confirm to CityNews that Amr Kassem, a husband and father of a nine-month-old baby girl, died during what was supposed to be a peaceful protest in Alexandria.
“(He) was not a part of any political affiliations what so ever but he was a man to stand up for justice,” Kassem’s brother-in-law Ibraheem Hussein told CityNews.
Hussein said Kassem’s wife found out about her husband’s death when a stranger caller her.
“She gets a call back from his cellphone from somebody random that said we just found this cellphone on a dead body,” he explained.
Kassem had been in Egypt to introduce his young daughter to family members.
“He was an incredible individual. He was that person that if you were around him you’re going to smile cause he’s always smiling.”
Foreign Affairs confirmed a Canadian resident had died in Egypt.
A spokeswoman would only say the person was a permanent Canadian resident married to a Canadian citizen.
There have been more than 700 people killed in Egypt this week as Muslim Brotherhood-led protesters have taken to the streets to denounce the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi.