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Ibex Ethiopian Restaurant owner killed in his own restaurant in Nashville

Killing of Ibex Ethiopian Restaurant owner in Nashville believed to be targeted

March 20,2017

Ethiopian community in different cities is recurrently affected by murder that shocks the community.

Last month, Noah Ashene was stabbed to death in a jewelry store, where he worked, in Memphis -Tennessee , in front of his toddler in what looked like a robbery killing. The 21 years old killer, Jesse Slade, is reportedly behind bars.

And yesterday, news of another killing of Ethiopian is reported in Nashville,about four hours drive from Memphis.

Gitem Demissie, owner of Ibex Ethiopian Restaurant, was shot multiples of times overnight as he was getting ready to close his restaurant overnight in what seemed to be a targeted killing, according to report by News Channel 5.

Police apparently responded to a call and he was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center but it was late as he was pronounced dead.

Not much information is available about the killer as yet. But from the report, it seems that someone was nearby when the crime was committed.


“The shooter was described as a masked gunman wearing a black long sleeve shirt and black jeans. A witness said the suspect went up to Demissie, shot him multiple times, and fled from the building. The witness added the man had light skin and a thin build, and he stood around 5’7’’ tall,” wrote News Channel 5.

Crime Stoppers would like to hear from anyone with information about the shooting at 615-742-7463

Apparently, Gitem lived in Nashville for ten years owned a convenience store before started a restaurant business sometime in 2015. He was 41.

Dr. Mesfin is serves at Ethiopian Orthodox Church in Nashville and he told News Channel 5 reporter that Gitem Demissie does not deserve this.

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  1. Meron Tesfamariam Added 1 second ago What can I say really? I am not amazed. I share the feelings of this man. Guys, listen to yourself, to your innerself, what are you feeling because of what is going on in Ethiopia, I mean the politics, the Hailemariam’s regime? I hate myself, I feel as if I am loosing my country, Like being a man without country. This feeling makes so desperate. Imagine, if someone really annoys you, as this time of hopelessness, you may not be sure what will you be doing?

    What I would like to say to all of you is, are you ready to take action, then make your action meaningful for a better cause. Now our country needs people who can save her from destruction by dying first, why don’t we go back to our country and die defending our people and our country against the colonizers: Hailemariam Desalegn and the co. rather than rotting for life in USA’s gay rapists/HIV infested prisons. I don’t think any human being should see the inside of prisons like I did last year. prison in USA is the most ugliest place anyone can possibly be. Surprisingly there are huge number of Ethiopians and Eritreans serving life sentence and decades in prisons in Virginia/DC area and in California especially.
    No one even visiting them. No form of contact with friends or families no letters no phone calls nothing.


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