Najeh Masaeid was robbed and murdered over less than $20, and now the internet has rallied to support the family of the pizza deliveryman killed on the job.
An online fundraiser to support his family has raised tens of thousands of dollars, with donors from across the globe pitching in.
Masaeid was found dead in the hallway of a Birmingham, Alabama, apartment complex on Sunday night. Police believe that someone called the Domino’s deliveryman to a vacant apartment and then attacked him with a blunt object, making off with the money Najeh had on him.
Masaied’s car was still running when police arrived on the scene, and a pizza warming bag was found on the floor near his body. The manager at Domino’s said Masaeid had less than $20 at the time of his murder.
The Birmingham community was shaken by the murder, with many remembering Najeh Masaeid as a hard worker who took care of his family and neighbors.
“I work for the Supercuts beside his job,” wrote Sarah Bearden on an online memorial. “I been there 10 years and he has always since the Supercuts been there watched us girls to our cars, brought us pizza that was for any reason not what was order or anything. [sic]”
The 63-year-old Masaeid lived with his wife, adult daughter, and granddaughter — and often worked 80 hour weeks to support them, family members said.
His death has also struck a chord across the world. Family members started an online fundraiser to care for Najeh’s wife, who is sick and unable to work. Within just two days the fund reached $75,000.
The support was overwhelming, said Najeh’s daughter Jordan, who wrote the following.
“It’s one thing to mourn my father’s death in this senseless act, but to have an entire state, maybe even a nation behind you is as heavenly as it gets.”
“My mother and I are so thankful for your support. She weeps in joy and disbelief in the out poor of love you show. You are what humanity is all about. You all have restored my faith in humanity, and to think I was mourning over the NYPD officers that past the day before my father did, never would I have dreamt I too would become a child mourning for Christmas.”
The online fundraiser for Najeh Masaeid can be found here.