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An Atlanta-based Kenyan man succumbed to injuries Sunday morning after he was shot by a gunman while working at a petrol station in  Birmingham, Alabama, USA.

Mike Mulwa, 29, died following an altercation on Saturday night at Citgo Company petrol station located on 9800 block of Parkway East in the City of Birmingham.

A statement released by local police stated that officers responded to an emergency call at around 11.30 pm Saturday and found two people trying to resuscitate the victim.

“Mulwa was rushed to the University of Alabama trauma hospital where he underwent surgery but died from the gunshot wound at 4.30 a.m. on Sunday,” read part of the statement.

Investigators believe robbery was the motive.

The gas station at which Mulwa was shot dead. PHOTO|COURTESY

By Sunday evening, detectives were still investigating the incident and asked anyone with any information on the shooting to call the police.

“Investigators are sure an altercation took place inside the location and at some point the victim was shot,’’ said Sgt. Bryan Shelton, the lead detective.

“People should be able to go to work and return home without being the victim of a crime. Our investigators will work hard to bring this family answers and bring the killer to justice,” added Shelton.

A family member told the Nation that Mulwa was the founder of #254 clothes label and the proprietor of #254 skillwear fashion brand.

The Kenyan community in Atlanta was shocked by the news of Mulwa’s death.

“His wife, who is expectant with their third child, is in disbelief and is totally saddened by the news,” said  Chege Maina, a close family friend.

By Sunday evening, detectives were still piecing together evidence from the scene of crime, including reviewing footage from security cameras.

Mr Mulwa lived in Atlanta but worked in Alabama, according to family members.

Family members told a local TV station that he had called a friend to say he had been shot and asked that friend to call 911.

Mulwa was from Acworth, Georgia. His parents, mother, Violent Mueni, and father, Councillor Ngangi, live in Kenya, as well as his only surviving brother, Vincent Mutuku.

His cousins living in the U.S. include Erik Sukulu in California, Lilian Musyoki in Tennessee and Eunice Munyiva, in Georgia. All of his other cousins and family remain in Kenya.

He moved to the U.S. in 2008, and worked in various department stores in Atlanta before landing a job with Shaw Industries.

“His ambition and thirst for success led him to open a cultural clothing line, “254,” and he traversed the country selling his merchandise to his Kenyan-American target market during major sporting events,” Sukulu said.

“He was an outstanding citizen who knew that the path to success is a treacherous one but, step by step, one can get there through hard work and commitment.”

His family described him as soft-spoken and kind – a man of the people. “His smile was contagious. He lit the room,” his cousin said.

“His demise is one that has sent waves through the Kenyan-American community.”

.He leaves behind a wife, two children and an unborn baby.


He worshiped at  Kenyan American Community Church (KACC) and played volleyball representing Acwuorth District during the Summer tournaments.

Following the news of Mulwa’s death, reaction on social media was swift.

Anna Kioko, a friend of the deceased, wrote the following message on Facebook: “I still can’t believe it….We were just talking about him not less than 12 hrs ago.”

“This is very sad news for the community in Atlanta and the whole region at large,” said Rev Dr GG Gitahi, the leader of  KACC.

Mrs Christine Muchene, a friend of Mulwa, said: “I remember welcoming him in Atlanta 2008 and even went through my CNA program. She founded 254 brand and we have been vending in functions with him. I am not only shocked but annoyed. ”

Stevo Baibby wrote: R.I.P to my Brother. You were a great guy with great knowledge men. I remember when we first met i met you through akina Alex Nganga and Tony. Its been a great journey with you. Life is too short so people please don’t take it for granted. Your clothing line will still continue men #254 #RIP #YouWillAlwaysBeRemembered


“Mike was cherished by all those his life touched. And even those who did not know him have joined the rest of the community in mourning a dedicated family man,” wrote Mukurimax Muriuki, a US based blogger.

Authorities are requesting anyone with information that could lead to the capture of the assailant to call Birmingham police at 205-254-7777 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.

Anyone with details about the case is asked to call the police.


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