21-year-old killed at Akron pizza shop ID'd

Posted at 5:14 PM, Dec 08, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-08 17:14:15-05

The 21-year-old man who was shot and killed during a robbery at an Akron pizza shop Monday night was a University of Akron student. 

Zakareia Husein, of Springfield Township, was shot during a robbery around 10 p.m. at Premium New York Style Pizza on East Glenwood Avenue.

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Husein was taken to Summa Akron City Hospital after the shooting, but he was pronounced dead at 12:46 a.m.

Husein's brother, Ammar, owns the pizza shop, and Zakareia was an employee there. Ammar witnessed the murder.

Ammar told that a person wearing all black clothes and a ski mask came in and held up a gun. The victim handed over the money from the register, but the suspect still fired the gun, striking Zakareia in the torso.

Detectives do not have any suspects in the murder.

"We lost a great man. We lost a great kid. We lost a great brother," Ammar told "If you find somebody with a bigger heart, you let me know."

University of Akron officials said Zakareia was a junior at the school studying international business.

"The University of Akron community is shocked and saddened to hear about the loss of Zakareia. Counseling services are being made available to provide assistance to the campus community in coming to terms with this senseless act," said John Messina," Vice Provost for Student Success.

Anyone with information is urged to call Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-COPS.

Crimestoppers usually offers a reward up to $2,000 for information on unsolved cases. However, in this incident, the organization is willing to pay much more for information that leads to an arrest and indictment.

The family also told that they are offering an additional $50,000 reward.