Wednesday began for Cameron Huntley, an American national from Asheville, like every other day in this season. Cool. Bright. Cloudy. But he didn’t see its end, as he was shot in a robbery attack by two gunmen in Nairobi’s Lavington area.
The 26-year-old man from North Carolina was an English teacher, in Kenya on missionary work, before his demise on Riara Road .
Huntley was strolling with his backpack in which he carried his laptop when the robbers approached him on a motorcycle, demanding for it. He was allegedly accompanied by a lady assumed to be his girlfriend when the robbers blocked them, asking for the man’s bag.
On refusing, the lady intervened, pleading with him to let go of the bag. But Mr Chase declined and his defiance irked one of the attackers, prompting a gun shot.
He was shot once in the head and twice in the chest after he resisted the robbers’ attempt to take the backpack in which he carried his laptop.
Nairobi Police Commandant Japheth Koome, who confirmed the incident, said the robbers shot him once in the head and twice in the stomach and chest, before running over him.
The victim was rushed to Nairobi West Hospital by a passerby but on arrival to the hospital, he was announced dead at the facility. The rescuer who happens to be a medical doctor, recounted how he had removed his first aid kit but realised that the condition was serious.
Huntley’s mother wrote in a Facebook post he was ‘protecting his girlfriend’ when he was shot. It is not clear at the point of filing of this report what the condition of the said girlfriend is, or whether the robbers tried attacking her as well.
Here is what his mom wrote:
The U.S. State Department confirmed to the Citizen-Times that an American citizen was murdered in Nairobi, but did not provide further details. Huntley was a graduate of Erwin High School in Asheville, where he played football.
Former Erwin High football coach Chris Brookshire eulogizes, saying coaches loved the lad because they were aware he was going to do great things in this world, and he had a real passion to help others.
Police say one of the attackers is a well-known robber who has been targeting foreigners in luxurious estates. The same gang is suspected to have carried out another attack on Tuesday in which they shot and wounded a Chinese man.
Police are currently searching for the suspects.