“She was so creative, she did so many awesome things,” Maryam Ahmed said.
“Photography, artistry ... She had that eye. She saw things with such a beautiful angle.”
She had a popular blog on which she wrote about her love of photography and art.
Yasmine Inaya, a friend of Razan’s, said she saw Razan at least twice a week, and they texted each other every day.
“Razan was a girl of many talents. She had a smile that could light a whole room, and her compassion and strength showed us the importance of giving back,” Inaya said. “She was the greatest friend I could ever ask for. She was loving, she was kind and she was always assuring.”
Razan was a graphic designer for the Triangle chapter of United Muslim Relief, a charity organization that works in both the U.S. and Syria.
Ismail Ibrahim said Razan was in the process of brainstorming new ways to help eradicate poverty — because that was her passion. She was planning to start doing resume-building workshops with people who were unemployed so they’d be able to find jobs.
He said she had a dream of teaching art to people who were homeless so that they could sell their work and earn enough money to make a living.
Ibrahim said she was also the head of a monthly event that gathered as a group to distribute donated food to people in need in Raleigh.
Deema Al-Ghandour, another of Razan’s best friends, said she met Razan back in first grade and remembers playing with her on the monkey bars every day.
“In middle school and high school, when you saw her smile, everyone would smile because Razan was in the room,” Al-Ghandour said.
“We would make silly dance videos together, have sleepovers and eat French toast.”