Ohio shooting victim had come to Malta as a refugee

A mourner holds a candle during a vigil at scene of a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, U.S. August 4, 2019. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston

38-year-old Saeed Saleh lived in Malta before moving to the United States three years ago with his wife and their young daughter.

A gunman who wore a mask, bulletproof vest and hearing protection opened fire on Sunday in a popular nightlife district in Dayton, Ohio. The early morning shooting was the second deadly U.S. mass shooting in 24 hours. The gunman, Connor Betts, killed his sisters and eight others, injuring at least 27 others. He was shot dead in less than a minute by the police.

As American media started to name the victims it emerged, that one of the victims, Saeed Saleh had come to Malta from Eritrea and sought protection.

Speaking to The Washington PostTekeste Abraham who belongs to Dayton’s Eritrean community, described Saleh as a kindhearted and hard-working person.


Saleh who was in born in Eritrea was one of the nine individuals killed in a mass shooting in Dayton Ohio. He had left Eritrea as a refugee and spent time in Sudan, Libya and Malta before starting a new life in the US with his wife and their daughter, Abraham told the Washington Post.

Abraham told The Washington Post that he had met Saleh when he moved to Ohio.

Yahya Khamis, a leader in the Dayton Sudanese community, described Saleh as “a very humble man”. He reportedly told the Washington Post that he was a very good guy who loved his family.


In Ohio, Saleh worked at a DHL warehouse. He also has two children in Eritrea aged 10 and 14. His brother lives in Egypt.