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Bijan Ghaisar was fatally shot in the head by a U.S. Park Police officer on Nov. 17, after a brief pursuit on the George Washington Parkway.
Ghaisar’s mom, dad, sister and brother-in-law gathered outside U.S. Park Police District Two Station on Sunday, just off the George Washington Parkway. They held signs and a large, framed photo of Bijan — and were looking for answers.
Shahidi was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to a mother, Keri Salter Shahidi, of African-American and Choctaw descent, and an Iranian-American father, Afshin Shahidi, a photographer. The family moved to California for Afshin's work, when Yara was 4. She is the older sister of child actor and model Sayeed Shahidi, and they have a younger brother, Ehsan. The rapper Nas is their cousin.Keri Shahidi said the name Yara translates to "someone who is close to your heart" in Persian.
On June 6, 2017, Shahidi announced she will attend Harvard University.