Father of Parkland Shooting Survivors Shot in Convenience Store, Suspect at Large

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July 20, 2018Jul 20, 2018

The father of two students who survived the Parkland shooting in February was gunned down at the convenience store by a thief Tuesday. Ayub Ali was 61 and had four children. The suspect is still at large.

The crime occurred shortly after the noon hour at Molly’s Food Store in North Lauderdale, Florida, where Ali worked. A surveillance video released by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office caught the incident as it played out.

The video shows the robber lingering in an aisle while Ali busied himself with facing shelves. The man approached him by holding a gun to his back, demanding that he open the till.

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Initially, it appears that Ali objected to doing so, but the robber persisted, pushing him to the till. Ali opened it and let the man take the cash. The man left the premises.

Later, he returned and shot Ali, who was taken to the Broward Health Medical Center. He was later pronounced dead, according to NPR

"By looking at the video, I was wondering why [the robber] came back,” said Mirza Mustaque, the family’s spokesperson. “Everybody has the same question.”

Before immigrating to the U.S. two decades ago, Ali originated from the Bangladeshi port city of Chittagong. He worked hard to support his family of four.

His oldest daughter will be a junior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School; his oldest son will be a sophomore there. Ali also had a 22-month old son and a son going into first grade.

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