Gambian-American Reported Killed in Drive-by Shooting in Florida

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Buba Kolley

An 18-year-old Gambian-American -Gambian Teenager was over the weekend killed in a drive-by shooting in the US city of Jacksonville, Florida, by unknown gunmen, Alkamba Times can report.

According to Information gathered by TAT, Buba Kolley, 18, was killed by yet-to-be-identified gunmen riding in a car.

Buba, according to sources, was driving with his friend and died on the spot while his friend was in a critical condition in hospital.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, officers found the two men shot inside a car that was parked along Bowden Road near the Interstate 95 south ramp after a 911 caller told first responders they heard gunshots.

Police say no one has been arrested so far, as investigators are determining if there was more than one shooter, as well as the circumstances of the shooting.

Detectives want to find out if the shooting was a case of road rage, a targeted drive-by, or a random shooting.

An uncle of the victim told TAT that the family members feel devastated as they mourn their loved one.

He described Buba as “a hardworking and respectful young man whose life was cut short by senseless gun violence in America.”

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Mr. Sainey M.K. Marenah is a Prominent Gambian journalist, founding editor The Alkamba Times and formerly head of communications at the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and Communications and PR Consultant for The Gambia Pilot Program, under Gamworks. Mr. Marenah served as the Social media Strategist and Editor at Gambia Radio and Television Services. He is also the Banjul Correspondent for Voice of America Radio. Sainey is a human rights and developmental journalist who has carved a strong niche particularly in new media environments in the Gambian media industry. Mr. Marenah began his career as a junior reporter with the Point Newspaper in the Gambia in 2008 and rose through the ranks to become Chief correspondent before moving to The Standard Newspaper also in Banjul as Editorial Assistant and head of News. He is a household name in the Gambia’s media industry having covered some of the most important stories in the former and current government. These include the high profile treason cases including the Trial of Former military chiefs in Banjul in 2009 to 2012. Following his arrest and imprisonment by the former regime of President, Yahya Jammeh in 2014, Marenah moved to Dakar Senegal where he continues to practice Journalism freelancing for various local and international Media organization’s including the BBC, Al-Jazeera, VOA, and ZDF TV in Germany among others. He is the co-Founder of the Banjul Based Media Center for Research and Development; an institution specialized in research and development undertakings. As a journalist and Communication Expert, focused on supporting the Gambia's transitional process, Mr Marenah continues to play a pivotal role in shaping a viable media and communications platform that engages necessary tools and action to increase civic participation and awareness of the needs of transitional governance to strengthen the current move towards democratization. Mr. Marenah has traveled extensively as a professional journalist in both Europe, Africa and United States and attended several local and international media trainings.

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