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Reason For Father's Death Hours After Son Dies Leaves Everyone In Shock

A family is trying to make sense of the terrible tragedies that befell them, all in one day. One member of the family was shot on Monday night and rushed to the hospital, where he later died. When family members went home to report the news to his father, they found the father dead in bed of a heart attack.

Duro Akil, a father of two and a Fresh Direct deliveryman, was in his own Williamsbridge building when someone fired a shot through the door.

The shooter had been in an argument with one of Akil's neighbors, according to the police. An upstairs neighbor had shooed an unwanted visitor out of the building. The man was furious about being forced to leave. He hurried over to his car to retrieve a gun. The intruder then returned and pounded on the building's front door. He smashed a window with the gun handle, causing a ruckus.

Akil, his brother and father heard the glass shatter. The men rushed into the hallway to see what was happening. They didn't know there was a gunman on the other side of the door. The gunman, who didn’t even know the family, open fired and hit Akil.

Akil was rushed to the Jacobi Medical Center for emergency treatment. The bullet had punctured one of his lungs. Two days later, he died from his injuries.

The family was devastated over the loss. They went to Akil's home on Wednesday to tell his 54-year-old father, Okera Ras, that his son had passed away. When they went in to break the bad news to the father, however, they found even more bad news was waiting for them.

Ras was found in bed, unresponsive. It was later determined that he died of a fatal heart attack.

“We were in the middle of the street screaming. In shock,” said Akil’s 23-year-old sister, Makini. “It was like something out of a movie scene.”

Ras, a former Fox News video producer with a Master’s degree in communications, had gone to the hospital with his son on the night of the shooting, and had been by his son’s side through much of the ordeal. The family believes he died of a 'broken heart'.

“It was really too much for him,” the daughter added. “It was really like heartbreak.”

“The way this happened, it’s stupid,” said 27-year-old Daquan Johnson. His brother is the one who threw out the shooter. “It was ego. That’s all it was.”

The shooter jumped into the car and sped away from the scene. Police are now hunting for him and trying to identify him.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for the family to cover the expenses of both funerals. “This heartbreak has left their family in an extreme state of anguish and sorrow,” the page reads. “Your contribution is needed to help honor these two amazing men.”

Source: NY Daily News
Photo: ABC 7 Screenshot

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