Prayer service held for slain Greensboro delivery driver

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Hundreds filled the mosque at Greensboro's Islamic Center Wednesday to pray over Bakri Khidir's body.

Khidir died Sunday night after deputies said he was shot and killed while working as a delivery driver for Olivia's restaurant.

Many at the mosque were Sudanese Muslims, like Khidir. But his coworkers from Olivia's came, too -- their first visit to a mosque.

"He was the best," co-worker Debbie French said. "Never did you see him frown or be mad. He was always smiling. Always lifting us up."

Friends said that Khidir's widow and their two young children did not attend the prayer service, as they were still too upset to leave the home. Khidir's body will be shipped to Sudan Friday, where family will provide him a proper Muslim burial in his home country. Those who attend the mosque said they, along with others in the community, have raised $20,000 to finance those expenses.

Moamar Kambal, a friend and former roommate of Khidir, said when he heard what happened to Khidir, he quit his delivery driver job.

"I don't want to go to work," Kambal said. "I just all the time was thinking about Khidir. I think maybe this could happen to me, too, for nothing. I don't want to kill myself because of $200. I've got family."

Kambal said he knows of at least 30 others in the Muslim community who have quit their delivery or taxi driver jobs because of Khidir's death.

The Guilford County Sheriff's Department arrested 21-year-old Jeremy Carter in connection with Khidir's death. He was charged with first-degree murder and has his next court appearance Nov. 24.

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