By CLAIRE SAVAGE, MELISSA PEREZ WINDER and SOPHIA TAREEN
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (AP) — A 6-year-old Palestinian American boy who authorities allege was stabbed 26 times by his landlord in response to escalating right-wing rhetoric in the Israel-Hamas war is being remembered as kind. Multiple authorities are investigating the attack that has become a symbol of larger struggles with hate crime in the U.S. Wadea Al-Fayoume died Saturday in a Chicago suburb. His mother was badly hurt. At a vigil Tuesday evening Wadea was described as liking to play with Lego toys and soccer. Citing a text message from the boy’s mother, a family member told reporters the boy’s last words to his mother were: “Mom, I’m fine.” Authorities say the landlord attacked them, upset over the Israel-Hamas war.