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Beloved MD couple dies from extreme heat during Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia

Alhaji Alieu Dausy and Haja Isatu Wurie
Posted at 6:35 PM, Jun 23, 2024

Alhaji Alieu Dausy and Haja Isatu, a Maryland couple, died from extreme heat during this year’s Hajj pilgrimage in the Middle East.

Saudi authorities said the beloved couple, along with more than 1,300 people, died at the Islamic holy sites.

"All we know is that it was of natural causes," said Saida Wurie, the couple's daughter. "And someone from the US Embassy did advise that natural causes could have been due to a heat stroke, which, based on the temperature, people were saying it was over 110 degrees."

The couple were members of Prince George’s County executive Angela Alsobrook’s team.

Alsobrooks issued a statement on X regarding the passing of Dausy and Wurie.

Egypt's government said in a statement that 16 travel companies did not provide sufficient support for people making the pilgrimage. It said these agencies illegally facilitated the travel of pilgrims to Saudi Arabia.

Saida said that her parents paid a travel company over $20,000. This is money that they have been saving for years.