SOMERS — A University of Wisconsin-Parkside student group will hold a soccer tournament fundraiser in memory of a 19-year-old man who was shot and killed in May.
The Muslim Student Association is coordinating the “Kick for a Cause” memorial tournament to remember Khaled Alchaar, who died outside a Pleasant Prairie restaurant in the May 20 shooting.
The event will take place 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the soccer field on the campus at 900 Wood Road.
Geny Museitef, president of Muslim Student Association, said Alchaar was well known to the community and was a family friend as well. While Alchaar was not a member of the student group, he enjoyed playing soccer.
“All the money is going under Khaled’s name as a sadaka to help third world countries with water wells,” she said.
A sadaka is a voluntary charity giving for which the giver wishes nothing in return. The offering is steeped in Islamic religious tradition.
Museitef said she had known Khaled since eighth-grade and when he was a student at UW-Parkside. They also worked together at Premium Outlets and attended the American Albanian mosque in Kenosha.
“I have always asked myself: What is my purpose in life? I have always replied by being successful financially and educationally.
“When I heard that Khaled passed away, everything changed. I have lost family members in the past, but I have never lost a friend, and that hits differently,” she said.
To participate in Kick for a Cause, contact Museitef at 262-749-2250. The cost to play is $5.
Last week, authorities arrested Shawn Amelio Sr. in the shooting death of Alchaar. Amelio was charged with second-degree reckless homicide. He also faces four counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety with a dangerous weapon.
His daughter Christina Amelio, 19, was charged with a related drug-dealing offense.
Authorities have said the shooting occurred during an alleged drug deal that went bad.