ATLANTA -- Several of the mourners came up and asked the same question -- How did this happen?
It is hard for many to fathom how a loose tire can be so lethal but at 50 or 60 pounds and 80 mph -- a loose tire can back the same power as a cannon ball shot point-blank from a canon.
On Friday morning, a pick-up truck in the northbound lanes had a wheel come right off. The tire then careened and bounced across several lanes including the highway's median wall before hitting the victim's vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
On Friday night, at the burial for 47-year-old Aila Masud, it was still hard for many to believe that this morning Masud was taking her daughter to school. And less than twelve hours later she was being laid to rest.
It is the tradition of Islam to inter the body before the sun sets.
More than a thousand people came out to say good-bye to the teacher who friends say taught the Koran. It's hard for them to reconcile the sheer randomness of this tragedy.