Immigrant Student Seeking American Dream Shot Dead At Job

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Lamin Sillah killed at bronx gas stationLamin Sillah immigrated to the United States from his native Gambia in November of 2011 to study accounting and work to send money to his new wife back home.
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>But the New York Daily News reports that, on Tuesday night, just ten minutes before his shift ended at a Bronx gas station, a gunman entered and put a gun in Sillah’s face. The thug shot the 28-year-old college student several times, robbed him of valuables and fled the scene with an accomplice who was serving as his lookout. He died on the scene.

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The fatal shooting was caught on surveillance camera. Scroll below to view.

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The New York Police Department says that the two suspects rolled up the station on bikes. They robbed an attendant working outside of the gas station before shooting Sillah dead. He was uninjured.

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The suspect who took Sillah’s life was wearing a blue New York Giants sweatshirt and blue jeans. The NYPD released a sketch of the suspect (left).

The Daily News has more on this tragic story:

Sillah was sending money home to a new wife in Gambia. He immigrated in November 2011 to study business management at the New York Institute of English and Business in midtown Manhattan.

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“He was a hardworking boy who loved his education,” Cham said. “He wanted to be the very best accountant.”

Sillah lived with Cham, 54, and a cousin on Washington Ave. in the Bronx. He planned to return to Gambia after school. Cham said he was arranging to return Sillah’s body to Gambia for burial there.

Sillah had only worked at the gas station near the southern entrance to the Bronx Zoo for about 10 days, his uncle said.

The son of a gas station coworker, who was off-duty at the time of the shooting, said Sillah was nice to him one day when he was visiting his dad there.

“He came over asking who am I, checking on my father,” said the son, Jeff Diaz. “Then he said, ‘Nice to know you.’ He seemed a very nice gentleman.”

The suspect is between 20 to 25, with a stocky build. His accomplice is a thin, black male, last seen wearing a white t-shirt.
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If anyone knows anything about this crime, you advised to call Crimestoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS. Tips can also be shared at www.crimestoppers.com or by texting 274637 (CRIMES), then entering TIP577. All calls are confidential.

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