Egyptian photographer Ahmed Samir Assem captured his own death on video after filming a peaceful pro-Morsi demonstration that quickly turned violent.
The 26-year-old was standing outside the Republican Guard headquarters in Cairo this week when he was shot by a rooftop sniper. The video shows only a few seconds before the shot and focuses only on the sniper in military garb.
In a second video, those in prayer are suddenly shot at from the Republican Guard headquarters.
Assem’s colleagues at the Al-Horia Wa Al-Adala newspaper received his bloodied camera and phone with the news that he had been shot, making him one of 51 people who were killed during open fire on demonstrators that day. Among the victims were Morsi supporters and pedestrians in prayer.
"I received news that Ahmed had been shot by a sniper in the forehead while filming or taking pictures on top of the buildings around the incident," said the paper’s culture editor Ahmed Abu Zeid.
The news was delivered by a pedestrian at about 6 a.m. at a facility next to the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque.
While the exact circumstances and footage are difficult to verify, witnesses who spoke to The Daily Telegraphsay that there were in fact snipers on the headquarters’ roof.