Letter to the editor

Family of slain Domino’s driver thanks community

I am writing you in thanks for the article “Everyone loved Abdul.”

I’m also writing to show my family’s appreciation to Domino’s of Darlington, as well as the Darlington community and surrounding areas. The article continues to bring awareness to the tragedy that senselessly took Abdul McKenzie’s life, and shines a comforting light to who he was as a person, father, family advocate, worker and friend.

Domino’s Pizza and the community have been extremely helpful and supportive during these trying times, and my family and I would like to show our appreciation.

First, we would like to give a special thanks to Osman Qasim and Jason Wray of Domino’s of Darlington and Team Carolinas for assisting and covering the cost of Abdul’s funeral proceedings.

Aside from that, with the help many of the Domino’s Pizza staff, they have been instrumental in raising money for his family by way of in-store donation jars, 50 percent of pizza sales (for a designated number of days), and a GoFundMe page, to name a few.

We were also very appreciative to see Qasim, Wray and some of Abdul’s coworkers attending his funeral, with Wray even speaking at the funeral about him. A special thanks also goes out to the community of Darlington, including Florence, Lake City and the surrounding areas for their donations and continued fundraising efforts through use of T-shirts, bracelets, car decals, etc., with the common theme #JusticeForAbdul.

We always remember the hero who saves a hundred people from a burning building, but we forget about the hero who helps you put out a small fire in your life every day. This is who Abdul was to his family and friends, and who he will continue to be in our hearts.

Eric McKenzie
and the McKenzie family

Author: Rachel Howell

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