BEIRUT: A Lebanese girl was found shot dead in uncertain circumstances in the United States Tuesday, just days after a Lebanese man was murdered during a store robbery in Illinois state.
Assil Srour Makki, who celebrated her 19th birthday just two weeks ago, died of a gunshot wound to the chest, according to a source from her community in Dearborn, Michigan.
Rumors circulated on social media that she had committed suicide, but police were still investigating and had not ruled out homicide, according to the community source. The police are waiting for the autopsy report, which was expected to take a few days, the source added.
The teenager, originally from the southern town of Batoulieh, was married little over a year ago and had an 8-month-old son.
According to a family friend, who asked to remain anonymous, Makki moved with her family to the U.S. three or four years ago and often complained that her father did not let her speak to her mother, who still lives in Lebanon. Her parents, both Lebanese, are divorced, the family friend said.
Separately, police Monday identified a store clerk who was shot during a robbery as Hussein Saghir of Chicago. LBCI reported that Saghir, 36, was originally from the southern town of Al-Khrayeb.
Saghir was working in his brother’s tobacco store in Bensenville, Illinois, when the incident happened.
A clip of CCTV footage released by the police shows Saghir and his brother coming out of the store when they are confronted by two men in hoodies. Words are exchanged before one of the suspects pulls a gun. The fatal shot is not shown in the footage, police were reported as saying, and the suspects fled immediately afterward.
Saghir was taken to Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, where he later passed away.
“It’s a horrible tragedy,” Bensenville Village President Frank Soto was reported as saying by the Chicago state-based Daily Herald. “It’s just incredibly unfortunate that violence is becoming more of a norm in robbery cases.”