Friends mourn Ethiopian restaurant owner's death
Mar. 21, 2017
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Members of Nashville's Ethiopian community remain puzzled as to why someone would kill a beloved restaurant owner who was shot to death last weekend.
The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/2nLCR5B ) that friends of Gitem Demissie were still grappling with his violent death. Those who knew him described him as a good man and a hardworking immigrant.
Demissie was the owner of Ibex Ethiopian Bar & Restaurant in south Nashville.
Authorities have said that the 41-year-old was preparing to close his restaurant about midnight Saturday night when he was shot. Police say a masked gunman wearing a long-sleeved black shirt and black jeans approached Demissie and shot him multiple times. Investigators have called it a targeted killing but are still searching for a motive as well as the gunman.