Rep. Ilhan Omar announced late Monday night that her father died from coronavirus complications.

Rep. Ilhan Omar states her father Nur Omar Mohamed died from coronavirus complications

“إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’cuun. Definitely we belong to God and to Him shall we return,” Omar wrote in a assertion. “It is with incredible unhappiness and pain that I share that my father, Nur Omar Mohamed, handed away right now thanks to difficulties from COVID-19.”

The Minnesota Democrat ongoing, “No words and phrases can explain what he meant to me and all who knew him. My household and I inquire for your respect and privateness throughout this time.”

She also declared his death in a Twitter submit and shared a photograph of them standing future to each individual other.
On the eve of her swearing-in ceremony as the first-ever Somali-American member of Congress in 2019, Omar shared a photo of her and her father on social media, smiling as they walked via Ronald Reagan Washington Nationwide Airport in Virginia.

The next day, though standing subsequent to her father in a congressional business office building, Omar explained to CNN that their arrival at the airport was a “pretty emotional moment.”

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“As we exited our planes, we recognized that him and I had not returned (to) that same airport considering the fact that the day we very first landed below as refugees,” she reported then.

“It is really a very — actually too much to handle and psychological time for us,” Omar extra. “I will not feel — as my father stated, he had higher hopes for us about the alternatives we would have when we arrived to this place. But I really don’t assume he imagined that some day his little one would be heading to Congress just 20 a long time after we arrived below.”

Her father explained to CNN that “it was astounding” to see his daughter elected to Congress.

At least two lawmakers’ family members members have died from coronavirus. California Rep. Maxine Waters said final month that her sister, Velma Moody, died from coronavirus. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren reported in April her eldest brother, Donald Reed Herring, also died from coronavirus.