Among the 12 killed yesterday in a terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo’s offices in Paris was Ahmed Merabet, a 42-year-old police officer, husband, and Muslim. Because the religion of Islam condemns, in no uncertain terms, the killing of other Muslims, Ahmed’s name and story have gotten significant traction in the media narrative regarding the terrorist attack.

Merabet is the officer seen in videos from the shooting lying on the sidewalk. In an arresting and now iconic image from the attack, one of the gunmen approaches Merabet on the sidewalk and executes him at point-blank range.

Merabet is survived by his wife. The couple had no children.

According to The Daily Caller, France’s Muslim population hovers between 5 and 10 percent. Muslim culture in France is considered to be “the most secular Muslim-heritage population in the world,” and that Muslim extremist groups often attempt to cajole more conservative Muslims in France to be hostile to ethnic or moderate Muslims living in the country.

Additionally, many extremist groups will attempt to justify their attacks on fellow Muslims by claiming that they have betrayed Muhammad, or live outside the confines of “true Islam.”

Many on social media have expressed their sadness and outrage over Ahmed Merabet’s senseless killing, particularly in light of his Muslim heritage:

We offer our condolences to Ahmed Merabet’s wife, who is today without a husband thanks to another senseless act of religiously-motivated violence.