Tragedy struck in the early hours of Monday morning as Nasrat Ahmad Yar, a 31-year-old father of four, was gunned down while working as a Lyft driver in Washington, DC.
Nasrat, who had served as an interpreter alongside US Army Special Forces in Afghanistan, had recently moved to Alexandria, Virginia, with his family after escaping the Taliban takeover. The news of his untimely death has left his loved ones devastated and sparked an outcry for justice.
On the night of the incident, Nasrat’s wife urged him to come home, but he decided to continue working to earn money for rent. Shortly after midnight, DC Police responded to a reported shooting on 11th Street Northeast, where they found Nasrat with a gunshot wound. Despite being transported to a hospital, he succumbed to his injuries.
Nasrat Ahmad Yar was the sole breadwinner for his wife and four children, aged 13 years to 15 months. As an interpreter for the US Army, he had risked his life alongside American forces in Afghanistan. Fleeing the country in 2021 after the fall of the Afghan government to the Taliban, Nasrat and his family sought refuge in the United States. Even after his escape, he continued to send money to support his family back home.
To make ends meet, Nasrat often worked grueling 12-hour shifts as a Lyft driver. His best friend, Rahim Amini, spoke of Nasrat’s happiness when he acquired a new car, as it meant he could better support his family. Despite the risks associated with his job and the danger he had experienced in the past, Nasrat remained committed to providing for his loved ones.
The senseless loss of Nasrat Ahmad Yar has not only devastated his family and friends but also highlighted the dangers faced by individuals who served alongside the US military in Afghanistan.
Nasrat’s close friend, Jeramie Malone, recounted how Nasrat felt unsafe in Pennsylvania after being robbed at gunpoint, prompting their move to Alexandria. Malone had played a crucial role in helping Nasrat and his family relocate to the US through a volunteer organization.
Retired Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Butler, who worked closely with Nasrat during his deployments in Afghanistan, described him as a remarkable individual who had given a great deal to his country.
The shooting of Nasrat Ahmad Yar was captured by a nearby home surveillance camera. The footage shows a single gunshot followed by four young individuals fleeing the scene. The video also captures the haunting words of one of the individuals, exclaiming, “You killed him! He was about to get out,” to which another responds, “He was reaching, bro.”
The Lyft company confirmed Nasrat’s employment as a driver and expressed their condolences to his family. They have pledged to support law enforcement in their investigation into this senseless act of violence. As the community mourns Nasrat’s loss, a $25,000 reward has been offered for any information leading to the arrest of those responsible for his death.