EXCLUSIVE: Pregnant wife, family in disbelief after husband killed in gas station armed robbery

Family In Disbelief After Husband Killed In Robbery

KENNER, La. (WVUE) - A Shell Station clerk, identified as 30-year-old Abd Del Ghader Sylla, was shot and killed early Monday morning during an armed robbery, according to Kenner Police.

The victim’s pregnant wife and young daughter have been left in disbelief following the crime.

Police spokesman Michael Cunningham says around 2:10 a.m., two armed suspects entered the Shell station at 3501 Williams Blvd and demanded money from the register.

New surveillance images of the gunmen have been released. The victim’s wife, Devona Sylla, says she can barely stand the pain after her husband was killed on his knees inside the store.

The Kenner Police Dept. is searching for the person in this image wanted in connection with the murder of a Shell Station clerk on Nov. 30
The Kenner Police Dept. is searching for the person in this image wanted in connection with the murder of a Shell Station clerk on Nov. 30 (Source: Kenner Police Dept.)
A store clerk at a Kenner gas station was shot and killed early Monday morning during an armed robbery at 3501 Williams Blvd.
A store clerk at a Kenner gas station was shot and killed early Monday morning during an armed robbery at 3501 Williams Blvd. (Source: WVUE FOX 8)

“We just want justice for the best person I’ve ever met,” the wife said. She said his little girl is looking for her daddy.

“This morning, when I picked her up out of the bed she pointed at the door and said ‘daddy.’ I didn’t know what to say. I didn’t know what to do. I just took her into a different room,” Devona Sylla said.

Police say her husband complied with the demands of the suspects, but was shot multiple times.

“They walked into the store and ordered him on his knees. He did and they told him to open the register and he was still on his knees and he crawled to the register and opened it. He never did get off of his knees. When the individual walked back there he had his hands up and it appears he may have been begging for his life. For whatever reason they shot him and killed him,” Cunningham said.

The victim was shot in the torso but was able to call 911. He died at the hospital.

The two suspects remain at large.

Devona Sylla hopes someone will turn them in.

“You know, life being taken is just so careless and reckless. He didn’t deserve it.”

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