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Nigerian shot in the US, in grave condition
*Victim, alumni of Govt. College Umuahia
- Chief Charles O. Okereke, Masterweb
(Thursday, August 18, 2005)
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Edward Izuchukwu Nwajagu, a 44 year-old, Government College Umuahia Old Boy was shot Saturday, August 6, 2005 at a gas station in Riverside County California USA. Nwajagu was hit on the head by a bullet that appeared to have ricocheted off another car that pulled into the station. The victim and other passengers heard popping noises outside the car but didn't realize they were under fire, Sgt. Leon Phillips of Riverside police department said.
Nwajagu and company were in Los Angeles to attend the national convention of Aguata-Orumba Association USA, of which the victim is President of the Oklahoma Chapter. Nwajagu and others were on their way to an invitation from a family member in Riverside County, California, when the incident occurred. They had stopped at the gas station to refuel their car.
Mr. Nwajagu is in grave condition in a Riverside hospital, according to Riverside police. He is reportedly unconscious.
Jose Enrique Martinez, 27, of Riverside, is in police net as suspect in the shooting. He was arrested last week Tuesday on Riverside's Eastside and pleaded not guilty in the preliminary hearing on Thursday. He is being held with bail set at $1 million, according to court records. Riverside police are looking for two additional suspects, and believe Martinez is affiliated with an Eastside gang.
In recent weeks, Riverside's Eastside has been riddled with a surge in gang violence. Over twelve people have been shot since June, in gang related violence between Latinos and blacks Three Latino men walking on Park Avenue were shot and seriously injured by a group of black men 12 hours after Nwajagu was shot. The week before Nwajagu's shooting, an 11-year-old girl was shot in the arm in a gang gunfight outside her home.
Riverside police have assigned additional officers to patrol the Eastside in response to the spike in gang violence, according to reports. Useful information regarding Nwajagu's shooting including suspects should be directed to Detective Ron Sanfilippo at (951) 320-8051, Detective Greg Rowe at (951) 320-8024, or the anonymous tip line at (951) 320-8100.
Edward Izuchukwu Nwajagu
Trust Fund For Nwajagu
" Nwajagu is self-employed, does not have health insurance and his hospital bill is mounting."
“Nwajagu has a promising future, but is lying unconscious in the hospital almost alone. He is self-employed and does not have health insurance. His hospital bill is mounting and his house rent is due. Nwajagu needs your help. Life is precious, and we must assist in saving his life and making life worth living for him thereafter. The Aguata-Orumba community, Govt. College Umuahia Old Boys, and Nwajagu's family are pleading for your financial assistance in helping upset his bills. They also ask for your continued prayers.
A Trust Fund Account has been set up in his name. Please go to any nearby Washington Mutual Bank and pay in your donation to:-
ACCOUNT NAME/TITLE: "EDWARD IZU NWAJAGU"
Or, You may send your donations to the address below:
Edward Izu Nwajagu
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