Ethiopian gas station clerk killed in Washington D.C.

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Mohammed Abduselam finished his day shift at King Gas Convenience about 8 p.m. Monday, but he hung around to restock bags of chips and help the night cashier, according to his family and friends.

Two men entered the store, family and friends said, and when Abduselam saw a gun, he stepped outside to call 911. One of the men followed him and shot him, making Abduselam, 37, the fifth person killed in the District since Saturday.

Mohammed Abduselam killed in DC

Mohammed Abduselam killed in DC (photo:washingtonpost)

“This guy, he did not deserve to die like this. Why would you shoot him?” Ephrame Kassaye said. Kassaye, who owns a convenience store across the street from King in the 2900 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, said that when he learned of the shooting, he went to the hospital to assist Abduselam’s family, whom he described as distraught.

Abduselam came to the United States from Ethi­o­pia in 2007, according to his cousin Amir Ousman, who lives in Virginia. Abduselam lived with an older brother in Northeast and had relatives throughout the region.

He was known as the quiet member of the family, was not married and had no children, Ousman said. He worked daily at the store; when he wasn’t at work, he was usually home. Read More on



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Koni Bekele October 20, 2011 - 3:20 am



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