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US Army Special Forces interpreter who fled Taliban in Afghanistan fatally shot in DC, suspects caught on camera
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US Army Special Forces interpreter who fled Taliban in Afghanistan fatally shot in DC, suspects caught on camera

A former Afghan interpreter who assisted U.S. Special Forces has been fatally shot in Washington, D.C., according to authorities.

Nasrat Ahmad Yar, 31, served as an interpreter for the U.S. Army Special Forces in Afghanistan for a decade. Yar escaped Afghanistan in 2021 with his wife and children after the Taliban took control of the country.

Yar – a father of four who was living in Alexandria, Virginia – was working as a driver for the ride-sharing service Lyft. Yar was working an extra rideshare shift shortly after midnight on Monday when he was slain, according to a verified GoFundMe page.

A single gunshot is heard in the surveillance video.

Four individuals, seemingly teens, are seen on video running down an alley.

One person says, "You just killed him."

Another replies, "He was reaching, bro."

Emergency personnel responded to the crime scene and found Yar on the ground next to his car suffering from a single gunshot wound. He was transported to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Yar had moved to Virginia from Philadelphia less than a year ago because he felt unsafe in the City of Brotherly Love after being robbed at gunpoint, according to CBS News.

The GoFundMe campaign noted that Yar was the sole provider for his family, including his four children, ages 15 months to 13 years old. At the time of publication, the crowdfunding campaign had raised more than $125,000 for Yar's family.

Close friend Jeramie Malone said, "I can't emphasize enough how he was always helping. Leaving the house was very dangerous for him, but he was always eager to help somebody else who is a good guy. His children were the most important thing to him, and he brought them here so he could be safe."

Retired Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Butler told WUSA, "He was most certainly a marked man if he stayed."

"You just don’t have words to describe how you feel about someone who had given so much to his country, not as a citizen, but then comes here and experiences some of the worst behavior our country has to offer," Butler added. "The irony is really thick here."

A Lyft spokesperson told CNN, "Our hearts are with Mr. Nasrat’s loved ones as they confront this unspeakable tragedy. We have reached out to his family to offer our support and are in contact with law enforcement to assist with their investigation.”

The Metropolitan Police Department is offering a $25,000 reward to anyone who provides information that leads to an arrest in the heartbreaking case.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Metropolitan Police Department at 202-727-9099, or send an anonymous tip to the Tip Line by sending a text message to 50411.

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