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Nasrat Parsa: A Tragic Loss in the Afghan Music
Source: BBC

Nasrat Parsa, passed away in the morning of Sunday, May 8th, 2005 due to a tragic incident that occurred outside his hotel room after midnight of Saturday May 7th.
"He had been approached by three male suspects, one punched him and he fell down some stairs hitting his head," said Const. Tim Fanning of Vancouver police. "He was rushed to hospital and was pronounced dead."

After the show, Fanning said Parsa was outside his East Vancouver hotel with his brother when he was assaulted. Police happened to be in the area at the time, and saw a suspect running away.

The area was surrounded and a tracking dog was unleashed to search the area. "He (the suspect) was found a couple blocks away hiding in the lane," said Fanning. "Another man was also found nearby and taken into custody."

Nasrat Parsa
1969 - 2005
The death is a huge blow to the Afghan community in Vancouver and around the world, said Mohammed Nayebzadah, who was the caterer for the Vancouver concert. He sold tickets to the show at his family business, the Silk Road Cafe, where Parsa's CDs were being played in tribute Monday.

"He was very popular," said Nayebzadah. "We are getting very upset, why is this happening? He's a young person, our singer, he's coming here to sing for the mothers on Mothers Day. I'm sorry for his mother and this very sad news for all Afghans."

Parsa's performance was attended by close to 500 people, mostly Afghan families, Nayebzadah said.

A 19-year-old man was arrested and is charged with aggravated assault. Police have since recommended the charge be upgraded to manslaughter.

The singer's brother was waiting for Parsa's body to be released for burial in Germany.

Our deepest sympathies and condolences go the Parsa's family and close ones.

Funeral Services in Germany
Source: from the Family of Nasrat Parsa

Nasrat Parsa's cascade will arrive in Frankfurt/Main Airport on
Friday, May 13th, 2005. The funeral will be on the same day
right after the time of arrival. Funeral Services from: 12:30 - 13:00 o'clock in the city Mainz Mommbach, at the Lemmchen Waldfriedhof, Germany.

Important Annoucement

From Parsa family to all the people around the world


CBC Report on
Nasrat Parsa (Video Clip)
Courtesy of CBCNews Canada Now

Press Release:
Embassy of Afghanistan in Canada (Enlgish Version)
Embassy of Afghanistan in Canada (Dari Version)

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