KATHMANDU: A Nepali woman was shot dead in a broad daylight robbery in Texas, USA, on Wednesday. The victim has been identified as Samira Siwakoti, 31, of Nuwakot, who used to work as a clerk at the Rapido Convenience Store in The Colony, owned by her husband Nabaraj Siwakoti. A staff of Embassy of Nepal in Washington DC, said she married Nabaraj three years ago and moved to the USA. The Siwakoti couple were residing in Denton and has two daughters, including one nine-month-old. An unidentified man entered the store before 11:00am yesterday and spent less than 90 seconds to steal some cash and kill the woman, the Embassy staff said, referring to the local media reports and police. Her body has been kept at Texas-based Fort Worth Hospital for post mortem. Rishi Ram Ghimire, Charge d’Affaires of the Embassy told THT over phone that the US authorities, however, had yet to officially inform the mission about the incident. “We are trying to get details about the victim and her family,” he said. The CCTV footage showed an image of a black man with a towel on his head — as a suspect. “Police are searching for a black male believed to be between 25- and 35-year-old. Police said he had a white towel or rag on his head, and was wearing a dark blue or black, long-sleeved T-shirt or sweatshirt with two white stripes running down the sleeves,” according to the WFAA news report. “After the shooting the man was seen getting into a black four-door vehicle with temporary tags,” the Dallas Morning News reported. Meanwhile, Oak Farms Dairy announced an award of $10,000 for information leading to the man who shot and killed Samira.
“I don’t have no words. Nothing else. Just that I’m missing her. I’m still hoping that she’ll come from the store. When I go to the store, I’m still hoping that I’ll see here there,” Nabaraj, the victim’s husband, told CBS Local News. “My wife, she did not-hing to hurt nobody. She was just working, working hard all the time. And then what did they do? They shoot her. It didn’t take that long, only a second,” the news report quoted Siwakoti as saying. “What can I tell them? How can I tell (them) about momma? I don’t have the mom for them.” Siwakoti told CBS his store has had thefts in the past, but could not have anticipated it would ever escalate to losing the love of his life. “My wife is not here in the world. Just imagine how much it’s going to hurt if you lost your loved one. Don’t do more murders. I don’t want nobody else to get hurt. That’s all I want,” Siwakoti who married with Samira Prasai in 2010, told CBS. The family said it was yet to make funeral arrangements.
- ‘She was working hard all the time’
Samira’s father-in-law Durga Prasad Siwakoti, 71, who arrived in Kathmandu from his home at Sunkhani VDC in Dolakha district on Thursday afternoon hopes that Samira’s killer would be nabbed at the earliest. He heard about Samira’s death when his family was searching for a temporary shelter in Ramechhap as the recent earthquake flattened all houses in the village. Samira’s husband’s brother Navdeep, who came to the capital with his father,said Samira’s parents had also arrived in Kathmandu from her maternal home.
- Victim's family in capital