Ayub Ali, the father of two Parkland, Florida mass murder survivors, was fatally shot during an armed robbery and died on Tuesday.
What are the details?
According to WTVJ-TV, Lauderdale Lakes BSO deputies as well as Tamarac Fire Rescue paramedics found Ali injured in his own store, Aunt Molly’s Food Store in North Lauderdale, Florida.
Paramedics transported Ali, 61, to Fort Lauderdale’s Broward Health Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
According to surveillance video, an armed robber entered the store and forced Ali to the store’s rear office. This is where the intruder reportedly shot Ali.
In a statement, local authorities said, “[The suspect] took money from the cash register and left. The thief returned shortly after and shot Ali.”
The suspect is described as wearing 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.”
According to WTVJ, the store reopened on Thursday, and customers erected a memorial for the Bangladesh-born Ali.
Alex Rios, one of the 61-year-old victim’s friends, told WTVJ that he’s saddened by the fact that his surviving children have lost their father.
“This is the biggest part that hurts me,” Rios told the station. “They have to be without their dad for the rest of their life.”
WTJV reports that anyone with information on the incident should contact BSO Homicide Detective James Hayes at (954) 321-4231 or Broward County Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-8477. Tips that lead to arrest are eligible “for a reward of up to $3,000.”
Ali leaves behind and wife and four children in total — two of which survived February’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass killing.
You can watch a news report containing the surveillance footage here.