• Community ensures mother-to-be killed by husband has proper burial

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    CANONSBURG, Pa. -
    More than 100 people showed up just within the first hour of visitation Thursday to pay their final respects to the woman shot and killed by her husband in their Canonsburg home last week.
     
    Dalia Sabae, 28, and her unborn son were killed by Michael Cwiklinski during a domestic violence dispute. Cwiklinski also shot and killed Officer Scott Bashioum and wounded Officer James Saviea Jr. He then killed himself.

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    Sabae moved to the United States from Egypt and had no family here. Gerard O’Hare, Sabae’s boss at Jefferys Drug Store, and Joe Salandra of Salandra Funeral Home and Cremation Services stepped in following Sabae’s death, saying they had to do something to make sure she had a proper burial.
     
    “She had a life. She was very intelligent. She spoke six languages. She was a pharmacist. You can’t just snug out someone like that, forget about their whole life like that. She has to be remembered,” Salandra said.
     
    Strangers who never even met Sabae, as well as her coworkers and the mayor, came to Salandra Funeral Home on Thursday to pay their respects to her and her unborn son. Among those who stopped by the funeral home was Ashley Bashioum, the widow of Scott Bashioum.
     
     
    Everything from the casket to the flowers and her burial plot were all donated by Canonsburg business that did not want her to be forgotten.
     
    “We're supporting her. The community’s showing we need to come in as one and in love,” Canonsburg resident Ruthie Blackmon said.
     
    Canonsburg Police Chief Al Coghill coordinated a procession of police cruisers to honor Sabae and escort her and her unborn child to their final resting place on Friday.
     
    “There’s a lot of victims in this incident that just happened. We wanted to make sure she didn't go unnoticed, and the community has been unbelievable,” he said.
     
    Nearly a dozen police cruisers lined up outside Salandra Funeral Home to make the trip to Oaks Spring Road Cemeter, where Sabae was laid to rest and a dove released in her memory.
     
    On Saturday, a memorial for Sebae and other victims of domestic violence will take place at 11 a.m. at the Canonsburg Borough Building. Everyone is invited to attend and is asked to wear purple, the color of domestic violence awareness, in her memory. 
     
    Memorial contributions can be made to Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern Pennsylvania, the Washington City Mission or any women’s shelter.
     
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