Father of a 35-year old Ghanaian pharmacist who was killed in the United States collapsed, upon hearing the news as the family struggles to come to terms with the tragic incident.
Michael Nana Baffour Addo was shot in the face on duty by a man believed to be an Iraqi war veteran who later shot a second victim, Daniel Rogers within a spate of 15 minutes.
Nana Addo Baffuor, father of the deceased collapsed when the Lansing police informed him of his son’s death.
Reports suggest the assailant shot the former student of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology for demanding prescription for a drug he had enquired to buy.
The unidentified culprit shot the Ghanaian at the Rite Aid Pharmacy in Lansing, Michigan.
Back here in Ghana, at the Buokrom Estate home of the parents of the deceased, relatives, friends and school mates clad in black have been mourning Nana Addo’s demise.
Once a representative of Opoku Ware School in Brilliant National Science and Maths Quiz Competition, Michael was the second of six children of his parents.
Nana Addo worked at the Pharmacy Department of Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital on completion of his studies in Pharmacy at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in 2002.
He later left for the U.K. where he met his wife, Alberta, before relocating to the U.S. five years ago.
Family spokesperson, Stephen Antwi, says the vacuum created by Nana Addo’s death can hardly be filled.
“We are all devastated and we don’t know what to do. It’s a huge loss to the family, friends and the nation at large because here is a very promising guy in his prime age and all of a sudden out of the blues he’s just gone like that by one crazy guy”.
Mr. Antwi who described the shooting of Michael as unfortunate said all those who knew the deceased will remember him for “his quietness and calmness”.
He explained the circumstances leading to the shooting was “unbelievable”.
“He’s a pharmacist and a certain guy came in and wanted to buy a drug without prescription. And he said no; it’s against the ethics and he could lose his license in the process so he asked the guy to go for the prescription. The guy came back not knowing he went for a gun so he just shot him in the process, in the face, I’m told”
Father of the deceased, Nana Addo Baffuor, told Nhyira News, Michael had earlier spoken with family a day before he was shot.
The Mothers’ Day phone conversation, where Nana Addo spent more than two hours talking to the parents, wife and his younger sister was apparently to wish the old folks well.
Meanwhile, the family is liaising with police in the U.S for the body of the deceased to be flown home.
Nana Addo is survived by his wife and an 11-month old daughter.
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