Iraqi Refugee in US Killed Photographing His First Snow

Dallas cops not sure newcomer was target
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 7, 2015 12:11 PM CST
Iraqi Refugee in US Killed Photographing His First Snow
Ahmed Al-Jumaili.   (Dallas Police Department)

Police don't know yet whether it's a hate crime or a case of tragically bad luck, but an an Iraqi immigrant who moved to Dallas less than a month ago was shot to death this week. The wrenching detail is that the shooting took place after Ahmed Al-Jumaili went outside to take photos of his first-ever snowfall, reports ABC News. As the 36-year-old stood outside his apartment complex with his wife and her brother late Wednesday, he got hit by a rifle bullet that came from a group of men nearby. The men fled, and police don't know whether the shooting was an accident or intentional, reports the Dallas Morning News.

“Just like all of us, a pretty snowfall brings the child out in us,” says Dallas police Maj. Jeff Cotner. “You can just imagine the excitement between his wife and his brother and himself as they were enjoying the snowfall.” Al-Jumaili and his wife, Zahara, were married 16 months ago, and she came to the US to live with relatives about a year ago. Her husband stayed behind to make money, then joined her last month. Friends have set up a fundraising page; one of the images shows Zahara waiting to greet her husband with a sign counting down to the minute how long they'd been apart. Crimestoppers is offering a $5,000 reward in the case. (Read more Dallas stories.)

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