Nasrat Ahmad Yar Wiki – Nasrat Ahmad Yar Bio
Nasrat Ahmad Yar immigrated with his family to America in 2021 after the collapse of the Afghan government.
A former US Army interpreter, who immigrated with his family from Afghanistan to the United States in 2021, has been shot and killed while driving for Lyft in Washington, D.C. on Monday.
Nasrat Ahmad Yar, 31, was found in his car just after midnight on Monday morning after police responded to reports of an unconscious person. Ahmad Yar suffered a fatal gunshot wound and was immediately taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Nasrat Ahmad Yar died at the age of 31 years old.
Immigrated With His Family to America Shot Dead by US Army Interpreter
“I don’t have words for it. It’s unfathomable how senseless this is for somebody who came here for the express opposite reasons,” veteran and friend Matthew Butler told Fox 5.
According to a GoFundMe set up by loved ones, Ahmad Yar served alongside the US Army Special Forces in Afghanistan for a decade before moving to America following the Taliban takeover. He lived with his family, including his four children, in Virginia and was working at the ride-share company for extra money, in addition to his job as a tow-truck driver.
Ahmad Yar brought his family to the U.S. in August 2021 and landed on Alexandria, Va., to be closer to the D.C.-Afghan community, according to Fox 5. Butler said before being an interpreter, Ahmad Yar worked for the U.S. Government since the age of 10—taking any small job he could get.
“Once your deployment is over, you’re in even more danger, than you were before because now you have nobody but yourself to defend – to defend yourself against the Taliban,” Jeramie Malone, who helped Ahmad Yar and his family escape Afghanistan, told Fox 5. “That is really a huge sacrifice for somebody to make it. He was in a lot of danger in Afghanistan, so yeah, for him to come here and in less than two years after arriving in the States — it’s really devastating .”
Shortly after the shooting, authorities released video footage that shows four people running away from the scene.
The recording from an alleyway security camera shows Ahmad Yar dropping off his customers before sitting in the parked car with his hazard lights on for several minutes. Then, a group of suspects approached the vehicle and moments later a single gunshot can be heard before the suspects bolt.
In the video, you can hear someone say, “you just killed him” and another voice replies, “he was reaching,” more than once.
A spokesperson for Lyft provided a statement to Fox 5 expressing the company’s sadness about Ahmad Yar’s death.
“Our hearts are with Mr. Nasrat’s loved ones as they confronted this unspeakable tragedy. We have reached out to his family from him to offer our support and are in contact with law enforcement to assist with their investigation.”
The Metropolitan Police Department is now offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.