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AKRON, Ohio– The Akron Police Department says they believe robberies at two Family Dollar stores are connected to the murder of a pizza shop worker  Monday night.

The shooting happened at Premium New York Style Pizza on East Glenwood Avenue shortly before 11 p.m. The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim in the crime as 21-year-old Zakareia Husein, of Springfield Township.

Husein’s family has announced a $50,000 reward in this case. The Summit County Crimestoppers and the U.S. Marshals Office Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force are also offering rewards.

(WARNING: Some may consider the video disturbing)

Video from inside the pizza shop shows the suspect walk into the family-owned business with a gun pointed at the employee. The worker puts up his hands and then gives the robber money from the register. It does not show the actual shooting.

The victim suffered a gunshot wound to his stomach and was taken to Akron City hospital, where he died.

Zakareia Husein ( victim in Akron pizza store robbery)- ( courtesy: Husein's family)
Zakareia Husein ( victim in Akron pizza store robbery)- ( courtesy: Husein’s family)

Husein was a student at the University of Akron. The college released the following statement Tuesday afternoon:

We are saddened to report the passing of Zakareia Husein, who was a student here studying international business. He was working in a pizza shop a few miles north of campus on East Glenwood Avenue last night when the shop was robbed.

Friends of Zakareia will remember him as a talented student and as an active member of the Muslim Students Association. The University extends its condolences to Zakareia’s family and friends, and we share in your sadness over such a senseless act.

The death of someone so young is always difficult to accept. We have professionals on campus who can help anyone dealing with grief. You can call the Counseling Center at 330-972-7082 for assistance.

Akron police said one of the suspects from two Family Dollar robberies appears to be involved in Husein’s murder.

The one happened at the store on East Tallmadge Avenue Saturday night. According to police, two suspects forced the workers behind the counter and demanded money. The one suspect pistol whipped a 63-year-old employee.

The same two suspects pistol whipped a worker at the Family Dollar on South Main Street, police said. The pair took money from the register and fired a shot, but no one was hit by the stray bullet.

One suspect may be female.

Anyone with information about the homicides or robberies should call the Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490, the U.S. Marshals Service at 1-866-4-WANTED or Summit County Crimestoppers Inc. at 330-434-COPS.