Two Oxford College of Emory University students were killed during Friday’s attack in Bangladesh.
According to a release from Emory, Abinta Kabir and Faraaz Hossain were taken hostage and murdered.
Kabir was entering Emory's Oxford College as a sophomore. She was visiting family and friends in Bangladeshat the time of the attack. Hossain was a graduate of Oxford College and a student at the university's Goizueta Business School in Atlanta.
School spokeswoman Elaine Justice says Kabir was a sophomore from Miami, Florida; and Hossain was from Dhaka. University President James Wagner has been in contact with the families of both students.
Fellow student Kereisha Harrell told The Associated Pres on Saturday she worked with Hossain and Kabir on Emory's Oxford College Student Activities Committee executive board, which planned school-wide events.
"We are honestly shocked," she said. "A lot of us are not ready to talk about it. But we were a family. It hit us hard. There are a lot of people very upset. We're just trying to support each other through this."
Harrell, 20, said she and Hossain were event chairs of the committee before he graduated from Oxford College in December and became a student at the business school. Harrell said she and Hossain worked on the committee's annual Fall Formal for two years in a row.
Harrell said she trained Kabir to replace Hossain. She said Kabir spearheaded several events planned by the committee.
Emory University President Jim Wagner spoke with the families of both students on behalf of the university.
Emory announced in its release that it will “find an appropriate time and way to remember Abinta and Faraaz, as well as create space for the university’s grief and sadness.”
The university said in a statement that the "Vigil for Dhaka" is set for 1 p.m. Thursday in Cannon Chapel on the Atlanta campus.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.