Source: NY Daily News
Grieving friends of an Uber Eats deliveryman killed by an alleged drunk driver in Brooklyn are raising money to return his body to Bangladesh for burial.
Mohammed Abdullah, 29, was open, friendly, curious and always able to make people laugh, said MD Fakrul Islam, 24, a friend.
“With everyone who knows him, he’s famous,” said Islam.
Twenty of Abdullah’s friends went to the Medical Examiner’s office in Brooklyn to see their friend’s remains. Some came from as far as Florida when they heard the news. They wanted to catch a final glimpse of their friend before he is buried.
She was charged with manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and because her son was in the car, aggravated DWI. Neither Liggins or her son were injured.
Abdullah arrived in the U.S. in February 2017. He fled Bangladesh after members of the Awami League political party targeted him for his involvements with the Liberal Democrats, and spent four months in a Texas detention facility before he won political asylum in the U.S.
In his home country, Abdullah owned a print shop and gave computer lessons. He took a job with Uber Eats in Brooklyn to raise money for a lawyer to help him attain a green card.
Abdullah had just made his final delivery of the night on Sunday when Treasure Liggins, 22, slammed into him on Avenue D near E. 105th St. in Canarsie. She was driving a 2007 Infiniti G35, police said.
After hitting Abdullah and crumpling his Arrow 10 e-bike, Liggins’ car rode up onto the curb and into a building. The motorist’s 4-year-old son was in the back seat.
A blood test administered to Liggins two hours after the crash showed her level of intoxication just below the legal limit, cops said.
“He loved being in this country.” Islam said the day after Abdullah was killed.
After paying for living expenses and socking away money for a lawyer, Abdullah sent what he could back home to his parents and four brothers, said friends.