Award winning vlogger Ali Shafeya Al-Moussawi was shot 31 times Late Friday night in Iraq. he was 23 years old. |
For those of you who haven't heard of Ali, he was part of the Alive in Baghdad project, which swept the awards at the first vloggies with 6 awards including best vlog. Their videos have been featured on the BBC, CNN, Sky News, Fox, ABC, PBS and many other networks. Most recently they won the international weblog awards.
Details of Ali's death are still a bit unclear at this point, but at 11:30pm Baghdad time Friday, Iraqi National Guard forces raided the street where Ali's house is, one of the neighbors heard a gun firing after 15 minutes from the arrival of the Iraqi National Guard convoy to the street, the force left at 3:00am. His neighbors kept calling Ali's phone and it was switched off all the time, so they called his cousin Amar because he lives one block away from where Ali lives.
Amar arrived in Ali's house and found Ali shoot dead in the living room, Amar called the Iraqi Police and told them the story as he heard it from Ali's neighbors. At 8:30 am Baghdad time the Iraqi Police took Ali's body to the morgue, his two uncles received the body at 10:00am and they headed to Najaf to bury him.
Amar said the neighbor who lives in the front of his house was shot dead too during that raid, the guy's name is Hussein and he is 26 years old. He was in his place along with his brother and nephew. The brother and the nephew disappeared after the convoy left.
The morgue report says that Ali took 31 bullets between the chest and the head and died immediately. He will be missed and remembered. His two brothers were killed in the Firdos Square bombing in 2005. He is survived by his mother and sister. Alive in Baghdad is collecting donations for his family to help pay for the funeral.