Atlanta police have 2 people of interest in Ethiopian film maker Beyene Jagama killing (Video)

ATLANTA, Ga. – Police have released sketches of two men they want to talk to in connection to the shooting death of a 26-year-old Ethiopian film maker and Atlanta convenience store clerk.

Jagama Beyene was known to his friends and family as “J.” Now, they’re asking why he was shot to death in such a brutal manner. Bullet holes were found all over the Citgo Gas Station where Beyene worked, and was shot on Thursday morning.

“I hope somebody will find out who did it and then I hope we will be able to know why,” said Essete Roister, the victim’s cousin. “The question is, why? He don’t deserve this.”

Beyene’s cousin spoke to FOX 5’s George Franco at his home in Tucker. She says her cousin was the writer, producer and director of a documentary on Ethiopians struggling to make it in Metro Atlanta. It was released this past August.

“The message of the movie is not to give up, not to quit—just to go strong,” said Daniel Cebray, Beyene’s friend.

Atlanta Police released this sketch of a  person of interest in the killing of Beyene Jagama
Atlanta Police released this sketch of a person of interest in the killing of Beyene Jagama

Police are asking anyone with information on the incident to call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS or Investigator S.R. Benton at 404-546-5417.

Beyene’s friends say he mirrored the movie after his life. They say he’d been in the area for a couple of years, moving here from the Washington, D.C. area. They say he was working at the gas station to make ends meet when he was gunned down by two men after police say he was robbed.

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What strikes the manager of the Citgo is the viciousness and senselessness of the crime. He says after the robbery and shooting occurred in the store, the perpetrator fired back at the store. Bullet holes are seen in a cooler.

Roister asked that the person responsible please come forward.

“I will forgive you, but we wanted to know why,” she said.

Now, Beyene’s family is coming together with friends in Atlanta, where he had been trying to carve out a new life and a name for himself.

Atlanta police say it’s possible a third man may have been involved in the murder of Beyene. They believe he and the other two men fled the scene in a red truck or SUV.

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Source: Myfoxatlanta

UPDATED NEWS
Updated: Thursday, 27 Jan 2011,

ATLANTA – There were new developments Thursday night in the murder of an Atlanta store clerk. Police said new video has surfaced that may show two of the gunmen just hours after a store clerk was shot. The shooting of the aspiring film producer happened over the weekend at a CITGO off Glenwood Avenue.

Jagama Beyene was known to his friends and family as “J.” Now, they’re asking why he was shot to death in such a brutal manner. Bullet holes were found all over the CITGO gas station where Beyene worked, and was shot last Thursday.

Police released sketches of two men they want to talk to in connection to the shooting death of the 26-year-old convenience store clerk.

Atlanta police say it’s possible a third man may have been involved in the murder of Beyene. They believe he and the other two men fled the scene in a red truck or SUV.

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  1. It’s really sad! I just can’t imagine in what kind of rude and evil world we live in. A young man came to strange country to better him self and his family, instead he lost his life probably over lit money . Who ever did this to him gets what he deserve on Hearth and I wish he goes to hall !!

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