Menomonie (WQOW) - An associate professor at UW-Stout molded an emotional mending process after the death of Hussain Alnahdi by creating pins to wear in his memory.
Alnahdi was found unconscious outside Toppers Oct. 30. Menomonie Police said he was assaulted and died from his injuries the next day.
Associate Professor Masako Onodera lives close to where the incident happened, and said she is reminded of Alnahdi's death every day as she drives past the memorial. Onodera specializes in metals and contemporary art jewelry at UW-Stout and created the pins in a simple, but meaningful design so students can join in her healing process.
Onodera said she hoped the harmonious connection of the rings on the pin will be reflected in the community. Onodera said she felt a personal connection to Alnahdi's death because she too was once an international student from Japan.
"I felt really depressed, and hopeless, and sad, and angry," Onodera said. "I didn't know what to do with my emotion. Just one night, I came up with this idea, and if I could share this emotion with people, and kind of talk about it or do something with somebody else together, I thought that this pin project would be perfect."
As of Thursday, 40 students have helped Onodera create about 200 pins. She said the pins are free, but anyone who wishes to pay for them can donate to the Alnahdi Memorial Fund.