(Story broke 8/4/2017)
You can’t help but be a little heartbroken when you read this quote from a Cleveland.com article on the murder of 52-year-old Hesham Kamel.
An Egyptian immigrant who moved his family to Ohio for a safer, better life was shot and killed Thursday night in Cleveland.
Mr. Kamel was trying to sell his car on the classifieds app OfferUp. He went from his home in Willoughby Hills, Ohio, to Cleveland in order to meet the buyers. When he got there witnesses say he was approached by four men. A scuffle ensued which resulted in Mr. Kamel being shot. He later died from his injuries at a nearby hospital. According to Mr. Kamel’s family, the buyers changed the location at the last minute. Anytime a buyer or seller wants to change the location at the last minute, back out. It’s not worth the risk. It’s very sad that he escaped the upheaval in Egypt only to be gunned down by a few American thugs. We’re supposed to be better than that.
At last check, police are still looking for suspects…
Anyone with information is being asked to call investigators at 216-623-5464.
To my knowledge this is the first murder facilitated through the OfferUp app, which to me, shows most of the classifieds apps and websites are still inherently unsafe.