UPDATE: Family Of Murder Victim Makes Plea For Suspect Information

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.

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  • protection

    The people need the right to bear arms. Period. The police can no longer protect us. We need to protect ourselves. 2nd Amendment.

    • Scott

      @ “WOW”:
      Oh really? Do you know the wife or the husband? How do we know there is no underlying motive??
      Lets look at the facts: First, we have two carjackers who stay put in a car that just happens to be open and then wait for god knows how long in the vehicle and wait for someone to hopefully show up. How many carjackers do you know that attempt this and with all things a old minivan. The wifes and her families story to the media has literally changed 3 times so far (google Ghulam Ayobi) and read their interviews and specifically see the video of her standing by talking to an individual (very calm and almost like explaining what she had for lunch today) ..and this is within minutes of her husband being shot. Look at how calm she is and NO BLOOD on her. If you have a loved one who got shot….wouldn’t you jump all over him/her and be all bloody. Also…why is she their with that friend and not in the ambulance on her way to the hospital? Her husband despite being shot 3 times in the back and side of the head was still alive until he arrived in the hospital.

  • Rusty

    I would investigate the wife’s story first. No one carjacks a minivan…get real. How convenient she was unhurt.

    • Cathy

      Rusty, you’re an idiot. If you shoot the person driving the car on the freeway, guess what happens…have you figured it out yet? No? Is the effort it takes to think logically hurting you? Guess what, the car spins out of control and you die.

    • Wow

      That’s absolutely ridiculous. It’s a shame and disgrace for you to say such a thing. Obviously this was not the wife’s fault or there is no underlying motive.

  • archie

    he waqs my uncle.

  • Devestated!

    Such a senseless and tragic death!!! My husband and I had the pleasure of becoming friends with Ayobi in Louisiana and it saddens us deeply to hear of this tragedy! He was a very sweet and kind man looking forward to spending the holidays with his family, this is unbelievable!! I hope just prevails and justice is served, our condolences to the family getting through this devasting tragedy!! Ayobi, dear friend, you will be missed…rest in peace.

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