An elderly man, Homod Ali Saeidi, was tragically killed in a shooting incident over the weekend while on his way to his mosque in Queens to pray. The 86-year-old father of six was described as a beloved figure within his community. The alleged shooter, Thomas Abreu, 25, was charged with murder, attempted murder, and multiple gun charges for the shooting spree that targeted four individuals in Brooklyn and Queens.
Saeidi was known for his daily routine of running several miles each morning before visiting the local park and then heading to the mosque. It was during this routine that the assailant approached him on a scooter and shot him in the back. The suspect reportedly used a 9 mm "ghost gun" with an extended magazine during the rampage.
Saeidi, who immigrated from Yemen in 1962, was a hardworking individual who worked as a farmer, owned grocery stores, and dabbled in real estate before retiring. Family was paramount to him, and he was always there for his children and their needs. He had plans to visit Yemen for a family trip but tragically lost his life in the senseless act of violence.
The heartbroken family expressed their shock and grief at the loss of their beloved patriarch. They remembered Saeidi as a cheerful person who loved to joke and had many friends. Despite their sorrow, they also voiced concerns about the rising crime rates in New York City and called for stronger measures to ensure public safety.
The funeral service for Homod Ali Saeidi took place in Brooklyn, followed by his burial in Spring Valley, New Jersey. His family and community mourn the loss of a kind-hearted man who touched the lives of many and will be deeply missed.