A 66-year-old Uber Eats driver was tragically killed earlier this week after he was thrown from his own vehicle after a couple of teenagers allegedly carjacked him near Nationals Park in southeast Washington, D.C.
Mohammad Anwar passed away after the authorities say two girls, aged 13 and 15, used a stun gun against him and took control of his car before causing it to flip, according to NBC 4 Washington.
The 13-year-old girl is from southeast Washington, D.C. and the 15-year-old is reportedly from Fort Washington, Maryland, according to the police. Though their names were not given, released documents revealed that they face felony murder charges and were taken to the Metropolitan Police Department’s homicide branch, according to the Daily Wire.
There was a graphic video captured by a bystander which depicts the violent scene, which showed how Anwar fought with the girls before they drove off while he was still attached to the vehicle. They proceeded to crash the car, and the video shortly after shows Anwar’s body on the sidewalk as members of the National Guard help the girls out of the flipped vehicle. One of the girls can be heard saying something about their phone.
Anwar, who was working as an Uber Eats driver at the time of his death, was a father and grandfather with loved ones in both the U.S. and Pakistan, according to his family, who described the crime as “senseless.”
“He was a hardworking immigrant who came to the U.S. in 2014 to build a better life for himself and his family,” his family said in a statement. “The loss for his family is immeasurable.”
As NBC 4 Washington reported of a nearby witness:
D.C. resident Pamela Johnson said she couldn’t believe her eyes.
“I saw all the police cars first. Then I saw the car, and I thought, ‘This must be a movie scene or something,’” she said.
Johnson said she often parks in the exact spot where she saw Anwar’s car after it flipped.
Shattered glass remained near the crash site later Wednesday. Paving bricks were scattered, and bike racks had been lifted out of the ground.
Johnson called for justice for the victim.
“I think that people do need to be brought to justice and that they have to stand for what they did and be accountable for their actions, because someone died,” she said.
Anwar is now survived by his wife and two adult children in the U.S., as well as an adult son and four children in Pakistan. A GoFundMe was subsequently set up to financially support his family so that they can give him an Islamic funeral has raised more than $200,000 as of Saturday night. The GoFundMe page reads:
Mohammad Anwar was a hard-working Pakistani immigrant who came to the United States to create a better life for him and his family. He was simply at work yesterday evening, providing for his family, when his life was tragically taken in an appalling act of violence. The details are still being investigated, however we know that Anwar was working on an UberEats delivery when two assailants attempted to carjack him in Navy Yard.