COLUMBUS (WCMH) — “You can never lose hope.”
Those are the words Amal Mohamed spoke as she sat at her kitchen table, with her youngest son playing nearby.
“There are a lot of questions that I need answers for,” she said.
On October 23, 2015, Mohamed’s life was rocked as she watched her husband, Shueyb Abukar get shot and killed in the Golden Corral parking lot, near OH-161 and Sawmill Road. The couple’s six children, none older than 9-years-old, also witnessed the attack.
No one else was physically injured, but Mohamed said the emotional scars are still raw.
“There isn’t a single day that I don’t miss him,” she said. “It’s haunting me, the feeling of that day, the picture of that day.”
Mohamed said it began like any other day.
Abukar cooked breakfast and got the children ready. As a family, they went shopping before going to dinner at Golden Corral.
It was after their meal, Abukar was shot and Mohamed immediately began questioning the unknown gunman.
“Why did you do it? Why didn’t you have a heart?”
A year later, those questions remain unknown. Columbus police previously released several surveillance photos of the suspect, however no arrests have been made in the case.
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Meanwhile, Mohamed tends to her children.
A year after her life changed, she said she prays for justice every day. She prays for her children. She prays for her husband, as well.
“I know that he’s smiling in heaven and he’s happy,” she said, wiping tears from her eyes. “I promise that I’ll take care of his kids and do the best that I can.”
Central Ohio Crime Stoppers is offering a $30,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in this crime.
Leads can be submitted by calling (614) 461-TIPS (8477), or by texting CRIMES (274637) with keyword CMH.