Of all of the families who are feeling immense pain in connection to the Parkland shootings, perhaps none of them are grieving as much as the family of Ayub Ali. As NBC 6 Miami has grimly confirmed, this father of two of the Parkland shooting survivors was himself gunned down during a robbery at “Aunt Molly’s Food Store, located at 1691 S. State Road,” in North Lauderdale, Florida.
The Broward County Sheriff’s Office (BSO) found that Ali, the father of four who lost his life on Tuesday, was also a parent whose “son and daughter survived the mass shooting that killed 17 and injured 17 others at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.” The suspect for this horrible crime is still at large, too, adding to the dread.
It was learned that Lauderdale Lakes BSO deputies and Tamarac Fire Rescue responders arrived at the scene and discovered the assaulted 671-year-old store clerk. He was quickly taken to the Fort Lauderdale’s Broward Health Medical Center, but was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Even more chilling is the fact that Ali did not have an easy death. The killer took the employee to the back room located at the store and shot him. It can only be imagined what was going through he head as he was ushered to his own demise.
“He took money from the cash register and left. The thief returned shortly after and shot Ali,” the BSO said in a statement. This means that the jilted man was already likely shaken by the robbery only to find out what his fate would be shortly after. There was no doubt when the gunman returned what he would do since the money was already in his possession.
There was only one thing left to take.
“The suspect 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,” the police have also stated.
The store reopened on Thursday and a makeshift memorial was created for the Bangladeshi that so many people had seen every day while getting the morning coffee.
Parkland’s Bangladeshi community is stepping up to help the family and Ali’s friend Alex Rios said, “This is the biggest part that hurts me. They have to be without their dad for the rest of their life. ” This was a man who thought that he may have had to spend the rest of his life without two of his children as Parkland was unfolding.
Since the killer is still at large, a reward has been set up. The BSO has made it known that “Anyone with information is urged to contact BSO homicide detective James Hayes at 954-321-4231 or Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477. Anonymous tips that lead to an arrest are eligible for a reward of up to $3,000.”
Hopefully, for a family who has been through so much, the murderer can be found and held accountable. Nothing less would acceptable.