Ethiopian movie director Beyene Jagama shot and killed in Atlanta (Video)

by ocean

UPDATED:  with News Video

ATLANTA — A young Ethiopian movie director Beyene Jagama shot and killed where he worked as a convenience store clerk during an early morning robbery in southeast Atlanta.

According to the shooting victim Beyene Jagama,  Facebook page he was working as a reality show host and director on a movie called Habeshan Filega.

Beyene Jagama

Beyene Jagama was a director of Habeshan Filega an Ethiopian documentary movie

The robbery occurred just after 3 a.m., police said. Store owner Narendar Kour said the clerk, Beyene Jagama, opened a screen glass window above the counter and was met by three robbers.

Jagama was then shot in the stomach, and the robbers took the drawer from the cash register and ran, according to authorities.

“At some point during the robbery attempt we believe the suspect discharged his weapon at least four to five times,” said Atlanta police Lt. Keith Meadows.
Officers said they found money scattered on the floor of the business along with shell casings.

Paramedics took Jagama to the hospital, but authorities said he later died at the hospital.

Police surrounded the Citgo Glenwood Food Mart on Glenwood Avenue, which was marked by several bullet holes and shattered glass. Officers were talking to at least two witnesses.

Beyene Jagama  also known as by the name Jack Wizzy directed Habeshan Filega the documentary movie  based on true story. The movie was released on Aug 15, 2010.

Habeshan Filega director Beyene Jagama shot and killed in Atlanta

Habeshan Filega director Beyene Jagama

Habeshan filega poster


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Mu Be January 20, 2011 - 9:50 pm

very sad…..

Gery Hailu January 20, 2011 - 9:57 pm


Koni Bekele January 20, 2011 - 10:46 pm

So very sad…a promising young LIFE taken so senselessly…
ayeseru ayaseru!!

Lela 'Quajah' Yeshitila January 20, 2011 - 10:53 pm

R.I.P. Met him a couple of times in DC.. Way too young man and what a way to go..

yoftahe January 21, 2011 - 12:54 am

HMmmmmmmmm why? Who killed him? God be with you, your family, and loved once! It is sad to loose a yang promising life this way, R.I.P brother!!!

Zenebe January 21, 2011 - 9:19 am

I met him in Minneapolis. I am heart broken. RIP buddy.

Tesfaye January 21, 2011 - 11:09 am

have a little lost to much!!! what can I say bro dimend never stay in 1 hand WHICH IS YOU BRO…. R.I.P….

Tesfaye January 21, 2011 - 11:12 am

have a little lost to much wat can I say BRO zey never let dimand stay in one finger WHICH IS YOU BRO.. am soory bro R.I.P

R January 21, 2011 - 3:26 pm

So sad!

Mati king January 21, 2011 - 6:16 pm

Rest in peace…

arsema January 21, 2011 - 6:55 pm

may God save you’r soul R.I.P

mamo January 21, 2011 - 9:35 pm

Damn nigers dirty ass, the only thing they know is robery, killing the hard worker habeshas, your damn day will come soon, ugly american niggers dirty ass!!!

abel gebru January 22, 2011 - 4:59 am

may ur soul rest in peace jack

tsion January 22, 2011 - 5:19 am

oh GOD it’s sad GOD bless him

Haimet January 22, 2011 - 7:55 am

oh , so sad….RIP

gelila baraki January 22, 2011 - 7:05 pm

this is very sad, may god bless his soul.RIP!!

Jemal Muhe January 22, 2011 - 7:27 pm


Abi January 23, 2011 - 4:12 am

I meet him at habesha resturant 2 weeks ago, when i heard his death i cry.
even i can’t write my hands start shaking…..if i where to die tomorrow… i will kill niggas all night, they still animal
they will never change qimalamoch!!!

Jordan January 23, 2011 - 6:05 pm

very sad may ur soul rest in peace:(

Hermela January 25, 2011 - 6:14 am

I don’t know what i have to say, I am so sad, God bless his soul!!!

Fasil S. G. January 25, 2011 - 7:12 am

Dear Readership,

Our thoughts and prayers should be with the family. The young man was full of visions and dreams that was cut short. This is the beginning of Ethiopians new reality and destiny as new immigrants to the US. What did we do except working hard and dream? What did we do except trying to earn a leaving? Why kill, they can rob and take all the money. The store employees is another poor man trying to make it. What happened to the street smart that would know the store employees never create an impediment. Why take the life of the innocent young man with such potential. Look Ethiopians are trying to survive in the American Jungle being new addition to the society. The armed robbery, gangs with ooze, guns to do the pity crimes in the process that compromised the life of the innocents. Why? Why? Why? What did we do to deserve this?

One last comment, there is always one distractive person will make generalized comment. That is fine if the readerships ignore such comment and reflect on the real matter that really breaks our spirit, which is loosing our young brother who early death should shock the entire Ethiopian community in US. However, we tend to reflect with near sighted comment and try to distance ourselves from such comment as if such comment represent us. We soon might forget what need to be reflected, which is exactly the heart breaking story, our young brother just got murdered and his life wasted by the people who barely know who he was. I just don’t think it is worth qualifying and dignifying such a comment who generalized about the culprit. I may be doing similar things. This message is not to person who generalized and trying to flare racial war between Ethiopians and African-Americans. I’m trying to target those who are convinced to respond and educate the person not to waste their time. Please focus on the real issue. Our brother rest in peace. May his documentary films reach the intended target and move the Ethiopian community one step forward as he intended to use his life to influence others. He did that because he loved us all, he is shinning brother who selflessly thought of using his own struggle to educate others. I’m confident his film will be in circulation to express his love to us for so many years to come. That is what we should honor in his life. He left his expression behind for us to examine and perhaps to understand his message. That is exactly what is expected from us. That is such legacy one could leave behind. Your simple understanding that will help or ease others Ethiopians struggle. Let’s trying to follow the foot steps, to follow our young brother who lived for others who live again thru his work.

I hope the readership will look at my intention in reading my comment for what it is without twisting and politicizing. We do have a long way to go and uphill battle as we are new immigrants to the US. We owe to the new arrivals to be mindful even others who are well to do in Ethiopia to show the reality of life in the US. We should not glamorized our struggle so that those who are well to do may not leave their country in the pursuit of such fantasy life. We owe to our people who thinks DV although they may have decent life and success in their homeland. What is the reality of life in US for Ethiopian DV winners? What Ethiopians need to know before completely abandon their successful life and start from scratch here in US because of DV lottery visa? The Ethiopians in diaspora are responsible for immigrants continuation partly when visiting Ethiopia we tend to embellish the American life style far from our reality of live, film makers, writers who are part of the diaspora community had not addressed the issue as they should. Why are they quite? Rather film makers in Ethiopia trying to cover the two shores. I’m confident they had surpassed everyone’s expectation addressing issue as related to Ethiopia and Ethiopians. However, the film makers attempt to include the Ethiopians diaspora in their work usually without having depth knowledge mostly with close observation how the diaspora behave and act while in Ethiopia sometimes with assumption. There are enough films released about the subject matter. The artists and lyricists seems to reflect our longing to some extent and our struggle of life in much better position than the film makers did. Effort must come from the diaspora community to honestly evaluate our struggle, success and failure as truthful as possible. Please those of you who are in the position to do it. Just do it. Let the dialogue go on for whatever it is worth. It may impact the future generation.

For instance, writers Yonas Worku along with director Biruk Abebayhu produced such comedy “Chebelew” that is based on the reality of DV winners family as the leading famous Actor Shefraw Desalegn and his family reacted as he received DV Lottery winning letters. The film depicted how every segment of the society behaved and how the family also respond to such DV Lottery Winning paper as if it was a golden key to heaven such understanding still resonate in the hearts of so many Ethiopians youth. Is winning the DV lottery visa is the key to the heaven gate, end of problem, milk and honey? Do families need to sale their home to come to US? Is it worth family to up root their life time hard work over night in Ethiopian to come to the US? The movie goes to show you the family who lived in such villa both parents works their kids attend decent school need to disrupt such serenity of live to come to the state to start again? What happened after arriving in the US? If I were to take a wild guess, after arriving in the US most of us reside in the American ghettos or government low income housing. Most of elementary and high school in our neighborhood tends to be rundown and limited access to computers but where easily the local gangs used the school playground as facility to recruit new members. Metal detectors installed at the high school entrances to disarmed students that is the the type of school might awaits for the children. All I’m saying is at least Yonas wrote in such comedic style to let us know what it meant winning the DV Lottery to such family. The diaspora must have responded to the movie with experience of new arrival with four family extending the parents adjustment, with their four kids (two young ones perhaps under ten and the other two over eighteen). There are plenty of struggle to choose from if anyone willing to put movie together. On the other hand, Yonas was waiting for such artistic response to come forward from the diaspora community. The success “Chebelew” encouraged Yonas to do a sequel. This time Yonas brought back the character to Ethiopian with one of the son from the same family returned to Ethiopian after 30-years exile with masters degree. The character is so disconnected from the first one. Both kids teenager and young kids were much smarter than the what Yonas trying to portray on the sequel. The kids become mama’s boy at age 40. He could not approach women without his mother present. He appeared to be virgin. He had never touched women. It was not sequel worth producing. In all honesty, the sequel should have come from the diaspora film makers with “Chebelew 1 1/2” in response to movie just to show what has been America to the newly arriving DV winners. What reality awaits. The missing history must be completed to make the sequel worth watching. Are we afraid if we depict the reality of Ethiopians in America all of a sudden the diaspora film makers will be deported? Is that the fear behind it? When did it become a crime for the independent film makers to tell the truth? I’m sure it maybe a crime for the hollywood fairy tellers, but not to the independent Ethiopians film makers like Haile Gerima’s for “Sankofa, Unfinished Journey, Harvest 3000 Years, Teza ” and Nikodimos Fikru for “The Nanny.” Both film makers and Ethiowood (Yacob K. Mengeste and Kidist Bayelign) who produced Ets Belese owe to us. Please do something with it. Let’s be honest about America where are we in the economic ladders. Are we not at the bottom with the few exception with minimum wage salary? Let our struggle be told! Let our struggle be told. We are not hanging out with JayZ, 50 cents, Haile Berry, Angelina Jolly. Let’s be real for the change. That is all.

Thank you,
Fasil S. G.

Your friend kI Tr Rr January 26, 2011 - 4:04 pm

Jakc I will miss you my bleed my heart .

habtamu afework March 2, 2011 - 2:46 pm

I dont konw what i have to sey he is agretman of the centure iam very sad sam peopls COMPLEQSAM PEOPLIS

Mimi Admasu March 10, 2011 - 4:14 am

Im in Sydney . when i here da news i was relly shoked.i can’t even belive, im relly sorry my bro. may ur sole rest and pece. and God be with you, your family and love once … USA aglly nigres go to the hell wid you pig mind U have hopless life.

Anonymous March 11, 2011 - 12:53 pm

sad news to read after readin abt da sunami news may god bles ur soul

abebe12 May 9, 2011 - 6:23 am

you are good

pabolo December 14, 2011 - 1:29 am

why are people saying niggers are responsible? this doesnt mean that every black american is bad..come on man shut up….this was a bad killing but why judge everybody

berhanu abdeta April 25, 2012 - 8:02 pm



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