A 66-year-old Pakistani-American Uber Eat driver, Muhammad Anwar was killed in a car accident when two teenage girls tried to carjack his car in Washington DC.
The two teenage girls first assaulted him with a Taser and then tried to snatch his car, said Police. The girls aged 13 and 15 have been charged with a felony, murder, and armed carjacking.
Anwar migrated to the USA from Pakistan in 2014. He lived in West Virginia and left behind a wife, three adult children, and four grandchildren. Anwar was buried on Thursday last week, two days after the incident.
The police has not released the name of the girls as they are below the age of adulthood. The girls, however, have admitted their involvement in the case.
A husband, father and grandfather just trying to make an honest living. I can’t imagine the pain that his family will be feeling. Heartbreaking 💔 https://t.co/86dBVMDbj7
— Misbah Hussain (@misbahussain_) March 28, 2021
you have to be absolutely depraved and incapable of empathy to carjack a minimum wage service worker. I work with gig drivers at my job, they're almost all older immigrants, and the shit they put up daily with is BEYOND humane. I hope the murderers are dealt with accordingly. https://t.co/R0ZiXQcb0V
— Kosta (@scapekid) March 28, 2021
“The family is devastated by this senseless crime. Mohammad Anwar was a father, a grandfather, a husband, a brother, and an uncle beloved by many here in the United States and Pakistan, his birth country,” Anwar’s family said in a statement.
The Pakistani community in the USA have mourned the death of Muhammad Anwar. Remembering him they said that Anwar was a hardworking man who had worked tirelessly to support his family.
“He chose happiness each day and it was infectious. The loss felt by his death is immeasurable and he is missed tremendously by family and friends,” the family said.
A GoFundMe account had been set up to support Anwar’s family to meet with income and expenditures.
Islamophobia isn't only state-sponsored policy, or the work of white hate mongers and racists.
Communities of color also manifest Islamophobic attitudes and views, and sometimes, violence.
— Khaled Beydoun (@KhaledBeydoun) March 28, 2021
According to the reports, over $166k has been raised for the family from the campaign. The campaign was initiated by Lehra Bogino, who is married to Anwar’s nephew.
“Although money won’t fill the gaping hole that his death has left in our family, it will help remove some of the stress and worry of daily living while we grieve and heal,” Bogino wrote on the GoFundMe page.
Why didn’t anyone go and check on him?! Like y’all really left that dude dead on the sidewalk. https://t.co/7H2IXnwYqV
— Super Black Nerd Gaming ✊🏾 (@ian44accordx) March 28, 2021
“Anwar was the financial provider for his family. We would like to provide a traditional Islamic funeral for him and assist his family with the loss of income … Everything posted on this GoFundMe page has been approved and sanctioned by the immediate family.”
Bogino had set the target of $100,000 but the number of donations has surpassed the goal.