Nadia El-Dib’s body was found behind a home in northeast Calgary on March 25. Her killer, Abderrahmane Bettahar, 21, died four days later in a shootout with RCMP officers near Edmonton. (PHOTO COURTESY OF RACHA EL-DIB)

CALGARY—The tragic slaying of Nadia El-Dib earlier this year touched many hearts in the city, and soon a scholarship in her name will try to change the lives of domestic abuse survivors.

El-Dib, 22, was killed on March 25. She was stabbed more than 40 times, her throat was slit, and she was shot twice.

Her ex-boyfriend, 21-year-old Abderrahmane Bettahar, died in a shootout with police just days after El-Dib’s body was discovered.

At a press conference in April, Calgary police said Bettahar’s actions were premeditated, because he purchased a semi-automatic rifle on March 10, and they had video footage of him returning home to get the gun and a knife on the night he killed El-Dib.

At the press conference, her family said the young woman was studying to be a legal assistant and had dreams of becoming a lawyer someday.

Now a Calgary-based charity, Gems for Gems, is launching the Gems for Gems National Scholarship Program, which aims to provide women living in shelters an opportunity to build a new life through education.

Jordan Guildford, CEO and founder of Gems for Gems, said the organization started planning a scholarship program in the spring.

“It’s such a small thing for us to do, but it has been so amazing to me the difference it’s made for (El-Dib’s family). It gives some sort of meaning to something that was so senseless,” Guildford said.

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