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Afghan national who served with U.S. Army fatally shot in Washington, D.C.

A 31-year-old Afghan interpreter who served with the U.S. Army Special Forces has been shot and killed in Washington, D.C.

According to Fox News, Nasrat Ahmad Yar was driving for the ride-sharing company Lyft when he was shot just after midnight. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Yar had fled Afghanistan with his wife and four children in 2021 after the Taliban took control of the country. He had been granted a special immigrant visa (SIV) to come to the United States, but he had not yet been able to obtain a green card.

Yar’s wife told CBS station WUSA that he had been working late to make rent. She said he had been worried about the safety of his family and had wanted to come home, but he felt he had to keep working.

A GoFundMe fundraising campaign for Yar’s family has raised over $285,000.

Four people were captured on an outdoor Nest camera fleeing the scene of the shooting. Metropolitan police have shared the video on their website and are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the individuals. The department is offering a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for Yar’s murder.

“It is devastating to hear of these people that have risked everything for the security and safety of our American freedom and our allies, just like Yar, only to be murdered in cold blood under the tacit approval of the person in the White House running everything okay-ing this all,” said Fox News co-host Emily Compagno.