A US Army interpreter was shot dead by a 15-year-old boy

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Washington, D.C. – A devastating turn of events unfolded as a 15-year-old boy was taken into custody, facing charges in connection to the tragic demise of a Lyft driver, marking a somber chapter in the city’s ongoing struggle with violent crimes. The incident, which stripped a family of its breadwinner and left the community in shock, occurred in the early hours of July 3, claiming the life of 31-year-old Nasrat Ahmad Yar.

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Metropolitan Police Department’s Assistant Chief Leslie Parsons, in a press briefing, detailed the harrowing circumstances leading to Yar’s death. Yar, a diligent Lyft driver, was ambushed by several youths after dropping off a passenger. Parsons described the attack as an apparent attempt to hijack Yar’s vehicle. “During this confrontation, Yar was fatally shot by one of the suspects, who subsequently fled the scene,” Parsons recounted, emphasizing the crucial role of surveillance footage in advancing the investigation.

The breakthrough in the case came after months of relentless investigation by homicide detectives, culminating in the arrest of the teenager on charges of “felony murder while armed.” The identity of the young suspect has been withheld due to his minor status.

Parsons also highlighted that several suspects involved in this heinous act are still at large, urging the community to step forward with any information that could lead to their apprehension. He condemned the reckless behavior that led to this tragedy, stressing the police department’s unwavering commitment to bringing those responsible to justice.

The ripple effects of Yar’s untimely death extend far beyond the immediate loss. He was the sole provider for his wife and their four children, whose ages range from 15 months to 13 years. A GoFundMe page, set up to support Yar’s grieving family, has seen an outpouring of generosity, raising over $520,000. The fund’s organizer, Jeramie Malone, lauded the police for their diligent efforts and asked for continued support for Yar’s family during this difficult time.

Yar’s journey to the United States from Afghanistan, as recounted by Malone and Yar’s friend Matthew Butler, was driven by a search for safety and a better future for his family. His death, therefore, is not just a personal loss but also a stark reminder of the challenges faced by immigrants seeking refuge and stability in a new country.

Lyft, the company for which Yar worked, expressed its deep sorrow over the incident, extending its support to the victim’s family and cooperating with law enforcement in the ongoing investigation.

As the community grapples with this tragedy, the resolve to combat violence and support those affected remains stronger than ever, with the hope that justice will soon be served for Nasrat Ahmad Yar and his loved ones.

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