Bhutanese Refugee Of Nepali Origin And Father Of Seven Shot Dead In US


A Bhutanese refugee of Nepali origin was fatally shot in Rochester last weekend.

38-year-old Jit Magar (Jit Mongar) was said to have arrived in the US a few years ago and was working at an electronics recycling company in Brockport to support his family. He is survived by his wife and seven children under 18.

Relatives say Magar had stopped at a Lake Avenue convenience store late Sunday night when he was approached by a group and shot as he got into his car. He was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital, where he died.

Police have released few details. Officials say they are still looking for any witnesses or anyone with information to come forward. No suspects are in custody as yet.

An estimated 2,300 Bhutanese refugees, who were earlier taking shelter in Nepal, have resettled in Rochester in recent years. Last summer, Rochester Police held community meetings and cracked down after reports of targeted attacks on Nepali refugees living in Rochester. Police said several reported being victims of robberies and assault.


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