A New York father has died just hours after his son was senselessly gunned down by an armed intruder at the family’s apartment building.
The Daily News reports that Duro Akil, 34, was shot in the chest Monday night after he, his father, and his brother stepped outside to check on the commotion after a neighbor’s unwanted visitor returned with a gun after being turned away. The men entered the hallway of the apartment building just before the gunman on the other side of the exterior door shot through it, striking Akil.
The father of two suffered a punctured lung, and died in the hospital two days later. Police have reportedly identified a suspect, but he is still on the loose.
When the man’s family returned home after the devastating news, they found Akil’s father, Okera Ras I, 54, dead in his bedroom.
We were in the middle of the street screaming. In shock,” Akil’s 23-year-old sister, Makini Akil, told the Daily News.
“It was like something out of a movie scene.”
The medical examiner determined that a heart attack was the cause of death, and his family believes he died of a broken heart due to the sudden loss of his son.
“It was really too much for him,” Makini said. “It was really like heartbreak.”
Ras I had reportedly been a web video producer at Fox News until he left recently to pursue independent endeavors, including a planned film project. He earned a Master’s Degree from New York University.
Akil was the eldest of five siblings, and was working as a Fresh Direct delivery person at the time of his death. He also had a passion for writing and journalism.
A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to help support the family.
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