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Man Dead In Apparent Robbery-Homicide On Upper West Side

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - One man was killed after an apparent robbery gone wrong on the Upper West Side Thursday, officials said.

As CBS2's Weijia Jiang reported, the victim was a popular store clerk who was attacked on the job.

"It's not fair, not fair," Balla Ouattare said.

Ouattare stood in shock outside the BNC T-Shirt Store at 104th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, where he spent a lot of time visiting his friend.

Man Dead In Apparent Robbery-Homicide On Upper West Side

That friend was the victim of an apparent robbery turned murder.

"He was a brother to me. No one wants to see their brother gone like that," Ouattare said.

Police said they responded to a 911 call at around 2 p.m. and found the store clerk, a man in his 20s, with severe head trauma.

He later died at the Mount Sinai St. Luke's Hospital.

The victim's brother identified him as Bubacarr Camara, who immigrated to the U.S. from the West African country of Gambia a few years ago.

Camara was well known for his friendly face.

"I feel very sad, very sad. We always shop from these people, very nice people," Evelyn Camacho said.

Neighbors said the store is family owned and operated, in a busy part of the Upper West Side, not known for crime.

"It's a little unsettling this would happen in broad daylight across the street from a playground," Wendi Lee said.

Even more unsettling, police have not found the person responsible for killing the young man who was living the American dream. The search continued late Thursday.


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