SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — The family of a man who was killed after a carjacking is asking anyone with information on the suspects to come forward with information.
The family is mourning the loss of Ghulam Ayobi as police hunt for his killers.
“We’re asking any member of the public who might know anything about the suspects, about anything with the crime, to come forward,” Ghulam’s nephew Munir Safi said on Monday.
What happened according to his nephew is a horrifying tale. He says Ghulam and his wife were leaving a family gathering in north Natomas just after midnight on Sunday. Ghulam got into their minivan first only to find two people in the backseat, one with a gun.
“He was told to have her get into the car,” his nephew said.
Likely under duress, Ghulam motioned his wife into the drivers seat and they started moving.
“She was on I-80,” Munir said. “That’s when she found out there were people in the backseat.”
The suspects, a man and woman, demanded their money, he says, but a scuffle broke out and Ghulam was shot dead. His wife witnessing the whole thing, and was then told to pull over at Norwood Avenue where the suspects jumped out.
“My aunt, his wife, she’s having her moments,” Munir said. “She is still coming to terms with what happened.”
The 53-year-old father of four was working as an Afghani cultural trainer for the U.S. Army in Louisiana, he himself previously served in Afghanistan’s army, only to be killed a day after returning to see his family.
“He was just a fun-loving guy who liked to spend time with his family,” Munir said.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Crime Alert by calling (916) 443-HELP or texting 274637 with “SACTIP” at the beginning of the message.