BEIRUT: Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya said Wednesday the group is awaiting the findings of a coroner’s report on the death of a party member best known for his link to a provocative parody song attacking Hezbollah over its ongoing battle in Yabroud.
Marwan Dimashkieh, 41, was found Tuesday afternoon slumped over the steering wheel of his Kia with a single bullet wound to his head and a pistol between his legs, a security source told The Daily Star. The car was parked along the Dbayieh-Nahr Kalb highway, north of Beirut, he added.
“We are still waiting for the official results to come out as well as the coroner’s report regarding the death of Marwan Dimashkieh,” a senior official with the Sunni Islamist political party told The Daily Star.
Dimashkieh gained notoriety for authoring the song “Dig your own grave in Yabroud," which was written in response to “Declare victory in Yabroud,” sang by Ali Barakat, a supporter of the Syrian regime who also records religious chants.
Sources close to the Dimashkieh family confirmed that he wrote the lyrics, despite a denial posted to the Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya's twitter account.
Syrian regime forces, backed by Hezbollah fighters, launched a major assault earlier this month on Yabroud, a strategic rebel-held area near the Lebanon-Syria border.
The Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya official ruled out a link between the song and Dimashkieh’s death, and refused to cast blame on any side for his killing.
"Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya does not accuse anyone of carrying out the murder,” the group said in a statement, while urging supporters to practice self-restraint and not to fall prey to rumors.
A funeral service will be held for Dimashkieh after Wednesday’s noon prayers at Beirut’s Khashikji mosque.