Ayub Ali, father to two Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students who survived the deadly February 14 shooting in Parkland, Florida, is now sadly another victim of gun violence.
Ali, who was 61, was tending to his convenience store when he was killed. According to CBS News, a man came behind Ali, put a gun to his back, and demanded Ali open the register. Surveillance camera footage shows Ali putting both hands in the air and not putting up a fight while the robber made off with roughly $500 in cash. Later, the man came back to the store and fatally shot Ali.
Joaquin Nieves, a friend of Ali’s, told local media that just a week before the robbery at Aunt Molly’s Food Store in North Lauderdale, he told his friend to be careful working in the convenience store by himself.
“I was helping him move some furniture for his wife and I was telling Ali be careful — people are watching, you know,” Nieves said.
As of this writing, the Ali’s murderer has not yet been found. The Broward County Sheriff’s Office said the perpetrator “wore a black vest, reddish-orange shorts with a black and white stripe on the sides, reddish-orange slides and a skull cap with ‘Miami’ stitched on the front,” and are asking the community for help finding the person responsible.
Ali’s daughter was inside the same building on the Stoneman Douglas campus in Parkland where the deadly shooting that left 15 students and 2 teachers dead took place. His son was also on school grounds that day.
“This is the biggest part that hurts me. They have to be without their dad for the rest of their life,” Alex Rios, a friend of Ali’s, told a local NBC affiliate.
Nieves is pleading with authorities to catch the person who killed his friend.
“Please, anyone knows anything tell them speak up,” Nieves said. “I hope somebody seen something somebody call the cops please let’s stop the violence.”
Jake Shepherd is a freelance writer from Cleveland, Ohio. He enjoys poring through financial disclosure statements, spirited debate, and good scotch. He remains eternally optimistic about the Browns. Email him at jake.d.shepherd.21 (at) hotmail (dot) com.