Mohammad Anwar: Uber Eats driver's family raises $360,000 on GoFundMe after carjackers murder him
'Although money won’t fill the gaping hole that 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,' his family wrote
The tragic death of Uber Eats driver Mohammad Anwar has sparked nationwide outrage. While many have hailed him a hero for fighting the two teen carjackers who killed him, a large number of people have come forward to help the family by donating to a fundraiser campaign started by his family. The donation will be used to give Anwar an Islamic funeral.
Anwar, 66, was killed on March 23 by two girls, one 13 and another 15. They reportedly used a stun gun while trying to carjack him near Nationals Park. A shocking video shared by a witness on social media shows Anwar fighting the two girls while trying to take control of the steering as they drive off. The latter part of the clip shows Anwar’s car topple, with him fallen out of it on the sidewalk as two girls pull themselves out of the vehicle.
Appalling footage of the carjacking near Nationals Park in Washington D.C. on Tuesday that resulted in the death of Pakistani immigrant & Uber Eats driver Mohammad Anwar. The teenage girls who police say used a Taser to steal the car face murder charges.pic.twitter.com/mOPnrLBf0t— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) March 27, 2021
According to the summary of the campaign set up by his family on GoFundMe, Anwar was a Pakistani immigrant who had come to the United States in 2014 “to create a better life for him and his family”. It further reads, “Anwar was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend who always provided a smile when you needed one. He leaves behind a family, near and far, who cherish, love, and miss him dearly.”
The fundraiser has managed to collect over $360,000 in donations so far. It was started by the wife of his nephew, Lehra Bogino. “Anwar is my husband’s uncle. Everything posted on this GoFundMe page has been approved and sanctioned by the immediate family. All benefits and proceeds will be going to the Anwar family to pay for funeral costs and services, loss of wages, and pain and suffering. Any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me,” she writes.
The money will be used to “provide a traditional Islamic funeral for him and assist his family with the loss of income”. On March 25, Bogino wrote in an update, “Thank you to everyone that has shared their stories, offered condolences, added our family into their prayers, and were able to donate. Whether it was $1 or $100, we are so grateful that you were able, and willing, to donate to our family during this terrible time.”
“Although money won’t fill the gaping hole that 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. We can not thank you enough, we are overwhelmed by the kindness and support that everyone has shown,” it further states.
Meanwhile, Twitter users are urging others to help Anwar's family by donating on GoFundMe. One tweeted, "Not sharing or retweeting the videos of that poor man's body, but boosting the gofundme for the family. RIP to Mohammad Anwar who was senselessly murdered." Another added, "Know Mohammad Anwar’s name. His life mattered. The Pakistani immigrant came to the US for a better life. A GoFundMe page has been created for his family https://gofundme.com/f/help-the-anwars-find-peace."
Not sharing or retweeting the videos of that poor man's body, but boosting the gofundme for the family. RIP to Mohammad Anwar who was senselessly murdered. https://t.co/bmgB5vyDcU— Go Candi! 🎂 It's ya Birthday! 🎉 (@CandiLand808) March 28, 2021