The family of Khalid Jabara, a 37-year-old Arab Christian man shot dead in front of his home in Oklahoma earlier this month by his white neighbor, said he saved the lives of two or three other people as he lay dying from several gunshot wounds to his abdomen.
The shooter, 61-year-old Stanley Vernon Majors, was reportedly motivated by racial and religious animus when he shot and killed Jabara on Aug. 12.
Khalid's mother, Haifa Jabara, who Majors is currently on trial for running down with a car last year, told Tulsa World in a report on Monday that her son called her as he was being attacked and warned her to stay away from the house.
"He called me and said, 'Mom, stay where you are — this guy we learned has a gun. Please stay away!'" Haifa Jabara said.
She explained that she was still on the phone when she heard Majors threaten Khalid.
"I heard, 'I told you it's coming!' Like, I'm going to shoot you."
For years before Khalid's death, his Lebanese, Orthodox Christian family was allegedly harassed by Majors who reportedly called them "dirty Arabs," "filthy Lebanese," "Aye-rabs" and "Mooslems" even though they aren't Muslim.
Although she was not at the house during the attack, Haifa believes her son's actions also prevented her husband, Mounah Jabara, from being attacked by Majors.
"He saved my life. Because if I came, definitely he would shoot me because he tried to kill me," Haifa said, recalling the September 2015 incident when Majors allegedly ran her down with his car.
Khalid called authorities on Aug. 12 to report that Majors had a gun in his hand and that he was scared about what might happen, his sister Victoria Jabara-Williams said in a statement, according to Crux Now. The police, however, said there was nothing they could do because Majors had returned to his home.
When police left the scene, however, as soon as Khalid stepped outside his home again, Majors pounced and shot him.
Haifa said she heard Khalid cry for help repeatedly on the phone and a female screaming.