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Father of 2 Parkland Shooting Survivors is killed in the robbery; Suspected arrested: NPR



Ayub Ali, 61, was fatally shot dead in a robbery at Aunt Molly's grocery store in North Lauderdale, Florida on Tuesday.

Courtesy of Mirza Mustaque


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Ayub Ali, 61, was fatally injured in a robbery in Aunt Molly's grocery store in North Lauderdale, Florida on Tuesday.

Courtesy of Mirza Mustaque

The man suspected of having shot the father of two Marjory Stoneman Douglas was arrested on Friday, police said.

Ayub Ali was shot dead on Tuesday when he worked at his convenience

Ali, 61, was filling up the shelves in Aunt Molly's grocery store in North Lauderdale, Florida when around 12:40 pm a man came in with a gun and entered stopped the corridors.

Surveillance video of The Broward County Sheriff's Office shows the man following Ali and holding a gun on his back. They go behind the counter and Ali opens the cash register, repeatedly raising his hands.

MEPs said that after taking the money and leaving the shop, the man shot Ali back and was taken to the Broward Health Medical Center


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A 19-year-old A man identified as Tyrone Fields Jr. was arrested on Friday, the day after the sheriff's office released the surveillance video. A The statement from the sheriff's office says that Fields "faces charges of murder and robbery with firearms charges."

"When I watched the video, I wondered why [the robber] came back, everyone has the same question," said Mirza Mustaque, the spokesman for the family, NPR said.

Ali lived near the port city of Chittagong in Bangladesh before emigrating to the United States two decades ago. He worked long hours in convenience stores, shoe shops, and dollar stores to save his own business, Mustaque said.

And Ali was a generous, inviting part of his community in Florida, he said. "He [met] all with a smile."

Ali leaves behind a woman who used to work in the supermarket, and four children – a 22-month-old son, a son who goes into first grade, a son who becomes a high school sophomore and a daughter, who will be a junior.

His two eldest children were at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, when a gunman came in and opened fire, killing 17 students and staff. Ali's son and daughter were not shot under these.

Now they have a future without their father and, Mustaque says, "It's hard for them to accept it."

A spokesman for the sheriff's office, Joy Oglesby, told NPR that "The detectives continue to receive tips and work on the investigation."

Aunt Molly's grocery store reopened on Thursday, NBC Miami reported, adding that customers were making a memorial to Ali.


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