On the morning of 7 January 2015, two brothers, Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, forced their way into a French newpaper in Paris, called Charlie Hebdo. The two brothers proceeded to injure 11, and kill 11; upon leaving the building they murdered 5 more and injured another 11. A massive manhunt began on the 7th, and ended on 9th when the brothers were shot down and killed. The brothers claimed to be apart of an Islamic terrorist branch of Al-Qaeda in Yemen. In it’s past, Charlie Hebdo had published several cartoons and article that were offensive to the religion of Islam, and possibly served as provocation behind the attack.
The world was outraged, shocked, and deeply saddened at the news of this terrible massacre, and almost immediately a hashtag went viral. #JeSuisCharlie or I am Charlie in French, but just as soon, a separate one rose.
Ahmed Merabet was killed while on patrol near the offices of Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday, the final victim of this awful attack. He was a Muslim policeman from a local police station who was “slaughtered like a dog” after heroically trying to stop two heavily armed killers from fleeing the Charlie Hebdo offices following the massacre.