Lassana Bamba, Minneapolis, Minnesota- Nearly 400 funeral-goers today converged at the burial of a Liberian immigrant who was yesterday killed in a car crash in the Bronx, New York.
The late Ansumana Dukuly was today interred in accordance with Islamic teaching. At the funeral service, mourners across the globe paid tribute to the late Ansumana Dukuly and at the same time extended sympathy to the bereaved family through ways, means and support.
The presiding Imam at the memorial lauded the late Dukuly for his courage in serving his Lord and Redeemer. The clergy man said Ansumana Dukuly at his extra times frequently visited the Mosque as a loner and recited the Holy Quran; this according to the Imam is remarkable.
On the listserv of the Federation of Liberian Mandingo Associations in the United States, FELMAUSA, Ousmam Bamba, alias “Obe” said, “May Allah grant him paradise and widen his grave, including those faithfully departed” while Mohamed Dukuly of Sydney, Australia put it this way, “May his soul rest in peace, may Allah grant him Aljanah, Ameen.”
A dispatch quoted Mr. Abraham Fofana of Minnesota, who is also acting president of the Federation of Liberian Mandingo Associations in the USA as saying that, the death of Ansumana Dukuly is a tragic and regrettable loss to the community. Mr. Fofana according to the dispatch however called on friends and families to exercise extreme composure during this difficult period of mourning.
Talata Yahaya Sheriff of Philadelphia referred to the late Dukuly as a humble, quiet, respectful and irreplaceable community man. “He was a man of great passion for his religion and his community. He cared and treated everyone with utmost respect. Brother Dukuly attended every community and family function. He also visited every home in times of grieves, sorrow and happiness.”
The late Ansumana Dukuly, a former member of ONYMA, Organization of New York Mandingo, was pronounced dead at 3:20 a.m. on Sunday March 17, 2013 when the vehicle he was driving was rear-ended at Grand Central Parkway near 188th St. in Queens, New York.
According to preliminary report, after a substantial hit at the rear of his taxi, Ansumana Dukuly’s vehicle veered and was smashed by another vehicle, killing him instantly.
In an email to his community, Osman Turay, an immigrant from Liberia quoted NYPD as saying that the car which rear-ended Mr. Dukuly was travelling approximately 90 miles an hour, and was driven by a drunk driver who fled the scene following the accident.
The Daily News in New York reported on Sunday that following the accident, the 19-year old chauffeur, Roberto DePena, fled the crime scene but was later apprehended by police at his Kew Gardens Hills home at about 5:00 a.m. on a slew of charges including drunken driving and manslaughter.
Daily News also reported that the brother of Roberto, Eduardo DePena, 28, showed regret for the incident.
Other reports have it that the late Ansumana Dukuly was graduated from Lehman College with a Bachelor of Science Degree.
Another report said that his application as a student at New York University had recently been accepted, and he was at the same time working on bettering his life. He had recently updated his resume in an effort to find a “better” job.
The death of Ansumana Dukuly came to most of his admirers as a big surprise, but one thing is clear in Islam, that Allah is the only knower of when each individual’s life comes to an end.