28-year-old Mohamed Nasser Awawdah was a hard working man who put in long hours at the Dyckman Kwik Stop in Inwood, Manhattan to support his family. Earning as much as he could for those who depended on him, most importantly his child who's on the way. His wife is seven months pregnant with their first child.
Awawdah took pride in his work and community. Described by those who knew him as a "hardworking man".
On Wednesday evening Awawdah confronted a group of men loitering outside of his bodega and was met with violence. One of the men stabbed Awawdah and he died from his injuried.
According to Pix11:
"Fernando Mateo, of United Bodegas of America, went to Awawdah's home in New Rochelle to meet with the victim's family.
"The family is inconsolable," he said.
“I hope whoever did this knows that this doesn’t make you a tough guy, [it] makes you a punk," Carlos Rodriquez said. "[A] tough guy is someone like that [who] works 12-20 hours a day to support his family.”
"As police hunt for the man who took Awawdah’s life, community leaders say they want to see more police patrol in this northern Manhattan neighborhood. They also want panic buttons inside of all bodegas across the city.
Mateo said bodega owners have to protect themselves too, especially because many of the businesses are located in high-crime areas.
No arrests have been made. United bodegas of America is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to an arrest."
The police are looking for those who know any information about this case to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting http://www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).
We hope this man's family can receive justice.