American citizens have raised more than $800,000 for the family of a Pakistani immigrant who was killed during a carjacking last week.
The family had sought only $100,000.
The killers are two teenage girls aged 13 and 15 charged with murder, possession of illegal weapons, felony and carjacking.
The two girls allegedly approached Mohammad Anwar, a 66-year-old Uber delivery driver, while he was waiting for his client to deliver food.
A video shows Anwar hanging out of the front door as the girls tried to drive away from the vehicle. It ends with Anwar’s car on its side, the girls climbing out and a fatally injured Anwar, motionless on the sidewalk.
“Although money will not fill the gaping hole his death has left in our family, it will help remove some of the stress and worry of daily living while we grieve and heal,” the family said in a statement shared with the media. “We cannot thank you enough, we are overwhelmed by the kindness and support that everyone has shown.”
Washington DC Criminal Investigation Division said police had reasons to believe the teenagers were involved in similar incidents in the past as well.
“We know that at least one of them had participated in something similar back in January and were arrested for that as well,” he told reporters in Washington. “So, it does seem that there is a pattern here.”
The US media reported that there has been a sharp increase in carjacking since last year when the Covid-19 pandemic began. In 2019, Washington police had registered 143 reports of carjacking, which more than doubled to 345 carjacking incidents in 2020.
On Monday, Uber issued a nationwide alert for its drivers and announced a plan to team up with the police 24/7.