Friends and family buried Abdulrauf Kadir, an Ethiopian refugee working to bring his wife and children to St. Louis, on Tuesday, the day after officials filed murder charges against the man suspected of shooting him during a robbery.
Kadir, 32, came to St. Louis as a refugee in November, escaping "well-founded fear of persecution" in his home country with sponsorship from the International Institute, says president and CEO Anna Crosslin. He'd hoped to bring his wife, son and daughter to America, but without Kadir's income, their future is uncertain.
Kadir was working at a Dutchtown corner market at Chippewa Street and Louisiana Avenue around 3:30 p.m. when he was gunned down by Antonio Muldrew, 36, who lived nearby in the 3800 block of Louisiana Avenue, according to police.
Muldrew shot Kadir, who was behind the counter, several times in the chest, cleaned out the register, lingered for about fifteen minutes and shot Kadir once more in the head while he was asking customers for help, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Police found Muldrew outside the store and arrested him.
On Monday the Circuit Attorney's Office charged Muldrew with first-degree murder, first-degree assault, first-degree robbery and three counts of armed criminal action. He is held on a $1 million, cash-only bond.
Want to donate to Kadir's family? The International Institute is accepting donations online (select "in memory of") or by check. Checks mailed to the International Institute should have the name "A. Kadir" in the subject line.
Here's the full police report from Sunday's shooting:
Location: 3400 block of Chippewa
Date/Time: 7/06/14 @ 15:29
Victim: 32-year old black male
Suspect: 36-year old black male
Officers responded to the above location and upon arrival, located the victim behind the store counter. The victim had sustained gunshot wounds to the head and chest and was pronounced deceased on the scene. After reviewing surveillance video, investigators observed the suspect standing outside the crime scene and took the suspect into custody. The victim's identification is being withheld pending next of kin notification. The investigation is ongoing.