Months after their lives were rocked by a mass shooting that left 17 people dead, two Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students reportedly lost their father in a robbery last week.
According to the Epoch Times, 61-year-old Ayub Ali was working at Aunt Molly’s Food Store on July 17 when the suspect entered.
Surveillance footage appears to show the individual place an object to Ali’s back and walk with him behind the counter where he stole an estimated $500 in cash and left moments later.
Shortly after that, however, the suspect returned and opened fire.
Officials say Tarmac Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the scene and transported the victim to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.
According to WSVN, Ali had owned the market for decades and took pride in building it into a local establishment.
After the robbery, authorities solicited the public for tips leading to the arrest of a suspect in the case.
Reports indicate 19-year-old Tyrone Fields Jr. surrendered to authorities on Friday afternoon. He is believed to have voluntarily walked into the Fort Lauderdale Police station after one of his friends convinced him to turn himself in.
As of the latest reports available, the suspect remained behind bars without bail.
He is expected to face charges including murder and robbery with a firearm.
Investigators say the case remains active and urge anyone with information about the crime to contact the Broward County Sheriff’s Office homicide division by calling 954-321-4321.
[Featured image: Tyrone Fields Jr., Broward County Sheriff’s Office]