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Chaldean Family Mourns the Death of Their Teenage Son in Hit-and-Run
By Tommy Hanna :: Saturday, October 27, 2007 :: 41898 Views :: Law & Order

Toronto, CA - It was a heartbreaking day for Chaldean loved ones who had to say goodbye to a teenager killed in a hit-and-run last weekend. Mark Shaba, 19, had no idea the party he attended Saturday night would be his last.

Police said Shaba was struck by a Ford Explorer and dragged to his death. Hours later, 25-year-old Gagan Deep Singh of Mississauga was arrested, faced with several charges including impaired driving and criminal negligence causing death.

Mark Shaba, 19, died several hours after being run down outside the Arizona B-Bar & Grill on Carlingview Dr., near Dixon Rd., Sunday. Police later arrested the driver of an SUV. Friends told Shaba's family he tried to intervene in a fight between his friends and another group of patrons and opened the SUV driver's door.

As the grey metal casket carrying his only son was carried into a North York church yesterday, Nazar Shaba cried out his name repeatedly. "Mark! Mark!" wailed the Iraqi-born dad, 43, lamenting in his language outside the Church of the Good Shepherd on High Meadow Blvd.

In Thursday's emotional funeral service, Shaba's little sister clutched his photo in her arms as she led the coffin toward the Good Shepherd Church in Etobicoke. She was followed by a procession of tearful family and friends.

A painter with a kitchen cabinet firm, he planned to return to school to continue his stalled education, sister Merina Shaba, 15, said.  Inside the Finch Ave.-Arrow Rd. area church, she delivered a short eulogy, the only portion of the service in English. Saying her only sibling's death has been "devastating," the girl said "I didn't expect it to happen.

"Mark was my big brother, my best friend and my life," she told 200 mourners.

"A good person has passed away," she said. "I know my brother is in a better place.

"You are always meant to be a big part of my heart. May you rest in peace."

Archbishop Hanna Zora, of the Chaldean Catholic Church, conducted the 90-minute service in the ancient Chaldean tongue, which predates Jesus Christ.

Incense was burned and brass bells were rung by assistants near the altar of the chapel as Zora recited ritual prayers and led responses.

After the service, the casket, with a large bouquet of red roses and a white ribbon inscribed "From Mom and Dad" on top, was turned ritualistically several times on the shoulders of the pallbearers.

Comforted by relatives, Shatha Salman, 40, wept as she was helped into a limousine before it was driven to a cemetery for her son's burial.

One block south, accused driver Gagan Deep Singh, 25, of Mississauga, appeared again in a Finch Ave. W. court and was returned to custody until Nov. 6 for a bail hearing.   He is charged with criminal negligence causing death, impaired driving causing death and failing to remain at an accident causing death.

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St. Joseph, MI USA

St. Joseph Chaldean Catholic Church
2442 E. Big Beaver Rd.
Troy, MI 48083
Tel: (248) 528-3676
Fax: (248) 524-1957

Congregation Organizer:
Rev. Michael J. Bazzi

Church Constructing Pastor:
Rev. Sarhad Y. Jammo

Current Pastor:
Msgr. Zouhair Toma

Parochial Vicar:
Rev. Ayad Hanna

 Current Pastor: Msgr. Zouhair Toma

Msgr. Zouhair Toma (Kejbou) was born in Telkaif, Iraq in 1947.  He was ordained a priest in Baghdad, Iraq in 1968, and accepted his first assignment to serve the community of Baquba.  The Monsignor’s leadership skills and organizational talents along with his mastery of theology were immediately evident.  He later assisted Sts. Peter and Paul in Al-Salehia, and St. George in New Baghdad.

In August, 1978 Monsignor Toma was called to serve the growing community of persecuted Chaldeans finding refuge in Australia.   Being the fist Chaldean priest to arrive in Australia he quickly established a parish for the Chaldeans in Sydney to serve their social and spiritual needs.  The parish was named after St. Thomas the Apostle and built a rectory. 

In 1989, for his incredible work he was granted the title of Monsignor, Chaldean Patriarchal Vicar for Australia and New Zealand.  Continuing his passionate work to serve the Chaldean community the Monsignor moved the Parish Center to a more accessible location and built a large church campus featuring a modern community center, residence quarters, and administrative offices in 1995. 

In 2003, Monsignor Toma added a magnificent church to replace the previous one in order to serve the fast growing community and also opened two other centers.  The first was Our Lady Guardian of Plants in Melbourne, and the second was Mar Addai the Apostle in Auckland, New Zealand.  Mar Addai in New Zealand included two very large churches along with rectories and community centers.  Overseeing the Patriarchal Vicariate for 28 years, he managed to inspire six more priests to help minister to the fast growing Chaldean community. 

In August 2006, Monsignor chose to assist the St. Thomas the Apostle Diocese in the U.S. as more Catholic churches were being built in America and address the growing need.  On October 2006, Monsignor was incardinated and appointed Pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Troy.