One Sheikh Omar Sonko, an American-Gambian resident in Atlanta, Georgia is the latest Gambian allegedly shot dead in the Federal State.
The 25-year-old who originated from ‘Berewuleng’ a community in Brikama was reportedly gunned down by unidentified individuals for no just reasons. The incident occurred on 5th January 2021.
Abdoulie Sallah, the deceased’s uncle who is also based in the U.S broke the news to the community in a WhatsApp voice note obtained and confirmed by Kerr Fatou.
“He was not sick. He has no underlying health conditions. He left home. They attacked him, took his car with other belongings on him; then shot him to dead- Just like that…his mother is devastated by the news,” lamented Sallah.
Sheikh was born and brought up in the U.S, but travelled to Brikama with his elder brother for the burial of their father who passed away in the U.S sometimes ago. Then, he returned to the U.S with great ambitions, after the burial of his father recently. One of his ambitions was to become a professional footballer.
“The boy was due to come to The Gambia on holiday. I was preparing him for that journey. I told him when you go there [Gambia], join ’Berewuleng’ FC [3rd Division tier] and play the Third Division League with them, before you return. But man proposes, God decides,” his uncle Sallah confirmed to Kerr Fatou in a phone conversation.
Sonko was buried at 3pm on Saturday in the U.S. He is the second Gambian allegedly shot dead in the U.S less than a year, after 39-year-old Modou Lamin Sisay, son of a Gambian diplomat was also shot dead in Georgia by police in June 2020; which the Gambia Government through its Embassy in Washington DC requested an independent investigation into by the U.S.