A North Carolina USA man was shot and killed in front of his girlfriend in Nairobi, Kenya on Wednesday, according to reports.
Cameron Huntley, 26, died after he was shot during a robbery in the Kenyan capital, where he was teaching English and doing missionary work, friends of his family told the Asheville Citizen-Times.
Huntley, who hailed from Asheville, was shot on Riara Road by two robbers who approached him on a motorcycle and demanded his backpack, local Nairobi newspaper the Star reported.
He was shot once in the head and twice in the chest after he resisted the robbers’ attempt to steal the backpack, in which he carried his laptop, according to the Star.
Huntley’s mother wrote in a Facebook post he was ‘protecting his girlfriend’ when he was shot. Local news reports made no mention of her condition but said she became a witness to the killing.
After the shooting Huntley was transported to Nairobi Women’s Hospital in critical condition and died upon arrival, the Star reported.
The U.S. State Department confirmed to the Citizen-Times that an American citizen died in Nairobi, but did not provide further details.
Huntley was a graduate of Erwin High School in Asheville, where he played football, the Citizen-Times reported.
‘Coaches loved him. We just knew he was going to do great things in this world, and he had a real passion to help others,’ former Erwin High football coach Chris Brookshire said.