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Hundreds show up to mourn Zemir Begic

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -  Hundreds of people said a final goodbye to a Waterloo man killed at the hands of hammer-wielding attackers in St. Louis last weekend.

Police say 32-year-old Zemir Begic was beaten to death by a group of  teenagers on November 30.


According to police, Begic was in his car when several minors approached and began hitting the car with hammers.

When he got out of the car, they attacked him with the hammers.

He later died at a St. Louis hospital. 


KWWL's Olivia Mancino sat down with the Begic family today to talk about Zemir.

"I'm really hurt, depressed, stressed out too. My heart aches. I haven't slept much. My heart feels like I'm having a heart attack," said Zemir's brother Rasim.


"When I looked at him I couldn't believe it was my brother you know. I am the youngest. I'm 20. He's 32 right now. He will be 33 on December 7. He was like a role model to me."


Zemir's cousin, Asmir, is in pain.


"It's really hard...knowing that you're losing someone you spent most of your life with."


He continued, "whoever met Zemir knew his personality, and it's going to be greatly missed."


"He helped our family a lot," said Rasim. "One time he lived in Phoenix, Arizona, and my sisters car broke down completely. He came here all the way from Arizona to fix her car."


"When we went out, we would sing a song together. But now it's totally different," said Asmir.


"We just have to accept that he's gone forever."


Rasim showed a shred of hope.


"Moving forward you know, just knowing he's there, in our hearts, and no matter what he's going to put me in the right path, he's looking over me and putting me on the right path."


More immediate family attended the prayer service, but hundreds lined up to attend the burial service.


A GoFundMe account raised over $35,000 for the services.


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