Sazia Rahman remembers Feb. 18, 2017, as an unusually warm winter day. It was above zero — in the double digits — and sunny.
She also remembers it as the day a call from her mother changed the rest of her life.
“She said … ‘I think there’s something wrong. Your brother just texted me and he told me to go to his room to find a note,'” Rahman said, her voice faltering as she described the call.
“Basically the note said, ‘I can’t bear this pain anymore and I need to end my life.'”
Rahman said they tried to call him, but his phone was off.
For the next six weeks, Rahman searched for her younger brother, alongside her parents, friends and members of the Greater Toronto Area’s Bengali community.
On March 31, Fahmi Rahman’s body was pulled from the icy waters of Lake Ontario, near the