Michigan community mourns loss of Abbas family, week after fatal shipwreck


A week after a shipwreck on I-75 in Lexington killed a Michigan family, community members from Northville and Dearborn have come together again.

Relatives packed the Islamic Center in Dearborn, Michigan on Sunday evening. Many in attendance spent last Sunday evening in the same location, as news of the fatal wreck reached family and friends that night.

Even though a week has now passed, the loss is just as stark. “How can you bring comfort and how can you fill the void,” asked a family member.

These are questions many still grapple with a week after the beloved Abbas family was killed on I-75 in Kentucky, as they returned home to a Detroit suburb, after a vacation in Florida.

Lawyer and real estate agent Issam Abbas, gynecologist Rima Abbas and their three children, Ali, Isabella and Giselle, died at the scene.

Authorities believe a Georgetown man, Joey Bailey, 41, was intoxicated while driving the wrong way on the freeway, before hitting and killing the Abbas and himself.

As active members of their Michigan community, the loss of the Abbas family has taken a heavy toll and many have spent the week in shock.

“Your love and outpouring of sympathy has been so enormous and unprecedented. Over 5,000 mourners have come to pay their respects, and 2,000 more here today,” said a family member at the vigil. Sunday.

This latest tribute comes after a week of commemorations, funerals and final farewells, however, loved ones know their heartbreak is far from over.

“When parents and siblings are in solitude, the sounds of crying from dawn until the last hours of the day, and that feeling of emptiness doesn’t go away. And then, realizing that we have to face it every day, ”said a family member as he addressed the Sunday crowd.