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Open letter by the Cheema family

26th June 2011


To everyone who has written, called and met us,


Whether we personally know you or not, we can hardly express in words how moving your words regarding our daughter’s passing away has been. All the love and support we have received over this tragic incident has given us much peace and comfort. It goes to show what an amazing soul Momina has and how she has deeply touched all of our lives forever. She was a beloved daughter and sister in our family and we find it very difficult to continue with our lives. However, we feel so grateful and blessed to have the support of so many of her friends, professors, relatives and even people who have never met her. Momina was truly a brilliant woman, in every way. She was unbelievably hard-working, genuine, loving and wanted to achieve excellence in her life. Her untimely death has been a great loss not only to our family but also to our community.


Although our heartache will last forever, celebrating her life and achievements will not only ease our pain but also enrich the lives of future generations. This is something which she was bound to accomplish herself. We are very fortunate and blessed to have such a beautiful website in memory of Momina where we can share her writings, thoughts and dreams with all of you. Therefore, we are working to establish a scholarship in her name to assist students who share Momina’s background, academic interests, and ideals. It is our hope that you all will support us in this venture.


With kind regards,


Muhammad Akhtar Cheema, M.D.

Tayyeba Zia Cheema

Fareed Ahmed Cheema

Saeed Ahmed Cheema


8248 243rd St.

Bellerose, NY 11426