Friends said Zemenfes Tekle moved to the U.S. from Ethiopia. The coroner said he’d been in the country about 18 months.

By Carolyn Callahan |

Louisville, KY—A man who moved to the U.S. in hopes of a better life died Tuesday morning after being shot in the head while he slept, officials said.

The coroner said several shots were fired into a home in the 1000 block of Cecil Avenue, but Zemenfes Tekle, 33, died of a single gunshot wound to the head.

Friends said Zemenfes Tekle moved to the U.S. from Ethiopia. The coroner said he’d been in the country about 18 months.

“His American Dream gets short in one year and a half. So it’s very devastating,” Zemenfes Tekle’s boss Alem Nuguse said.

“He was always laughing, you know, very nice, pleasure. Greeting people,” Nuguse, said.

Tekle worked at the liquor store behind the home and would send money back to his family.

Friends said Tekle’s mother, father, wife and 8-month-old son are still in Ethiopia.

His dream was to eventually open his own business here.

Tekle never met his son.

“He used to have pictures all the time of him. He used to talk about him. His goal now was ultimately, if it’s possible, go see him next year. And that dream never comes,” Nuguse said.

“Senseless killing. Shooting at people who don’t do anything, you know. It’s really very, very bad,” Nuguse said.

Nuguse called 911.

He had come to the house to check on Zemenfes Tekle after someone called saying he couldn’t get in touch with him.

He saw the bullet holes and knew something was wrong.

“It was the most difficult time in my life. I don’t believe this is happening,” Nuguse said.

Friends said Zemenfes Tekle didn’t have any enemies and said they have no idea why someone would take his life.

“All the customers like him, all the people around here like him. The employees like him. I like him. He was employee of the year,” Nuguse said.

Funeral arrangements are pending as Zemenfes Tekle’s employer hopes to send his body back to Ethiopia, according to the coroner.

Police do not believe Zemenfes Tekle was an intended target.

No arrests have been made in the case.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 502-574-LMPD.

Source: WLKY
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