Abdalla Sheikh Dahir and Feisal Rashid Ahmed shared an unnaturally powerful bond, one that, according to friends, colleagues and family, transcended the limitations of ordinary workplace relationships and typical norms of friendship.
Perhaps, now, with their unexpected and saddening deaths at 14 Riverside Drive, their connection will only grow stronger.
In the wake of their death during Tuesday's terrorist attack, their colleagues, friends and family have heartbreaking tributes.
Adam Smith International (ASI), the multinational where Dahir and Ahmed worked, was among the first to pay tribute to the friends.
"Adam Smith International deeply regrets to announce the tragic loss of our colleagues in yesterday's terrorist attack in Nairobi. Abdalla Dahir and Feisal Ahmed were killed on the terrace of a restaurant in the complex where the ASI office in Kenya is located," the organisation said through a press statement.
Dahir and Ahmed worked at the Somalia Stability Fund, an ASI project working to restore peace in Somalia through community initiatives. The hailed from Wajir County.
The organisation explained that while it was able to safely evacuate more than 50 staff and consultants, Dahir and Ahmed were not lucky as they were having lunch at the restaurant.
"As painful as it can ever get. Hard to believe that i will never see Abdalla & Feisal besides me in and outside of office any more. Truly devastating. You were great humans and all we can do is pray to Allah to grant you Janatul Firdows," wrote their colleague Rasheed Deedo on Twitter.
"May their soul get raised to the highest of heavens. Tragic but we will come out stronger," wrote Mohamed Rashid Dahir.
Dahir and Ahmed's Salat al-Jazanah, the Islamic final prayers, were held yesterday afternoon at the Masjid Nur mosque in South C, before burial at Langata Cemetery.
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