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 Shani Baraka

Shani Baraka

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Death 12 Aug 2003 (aged 31)
Piscataway, Middlesex County, New Jersey, USA
Burial Fairfield, Essex County, New Jersey, USA
Memorial ID 96628951 · View Source
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On Aug. 13 the city of Newark, N.J., woke up to the shocking news of the death of Shani Baraka, 31. Shani is the daughter of Amiri Baraka, award-winning playwright, civil rights and political activist, and his wife, Amina Baraka, poet, political activist and writer for the People's Weekly World. Shani's brother, Ras Baraka, is presently the deputy mayor of Newark. Shani Baraka was killed with her friend, Rayshon Holmes, 30, in a double murder on Aug. 12 at her sister's house in Piscataway, N.J. Both women died of gunshot wounds. Police are investigating. Shani was a schoolteacher and a basketball coach who was dearly loved by her students, colleagues, friends, and many more people throughout the city of Newark. On Aug. 16 more than a thousand people attended Shani's funeral at the Metropolitan Baptist Church in Newark, which testifies to the love and respect the Baraka family enjoys among the people of the city for their dedicated commitment and struggle in defense of people's civil and political rights.


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  • Created by: Babe
  • Added: 6 Sep 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 96628951
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Shani Baraka (23 Oct 1971–12 Aug 2003), Find A Grave Memorial no. 96628951, citing Fairfield Reformed Church Cemetery, Fairfield, Essex County, New Jersey, USA ; Maintained by Babe (contributor 46785600) .