Nykerion ‘Kaca’ Nealon, 17, was charged with murder after shooting a newly married Iraqi immigrant. Ahmed Al-Jumaili, 36, was outside of his Dallas home taking photos of the first snow he had ever seen on March 4 when Nealon allegedly shot him to death.
Nealon was at his girlfriend’s house earlier that day when someone opened fire on her apartment. Police said that Nealon and three friends went outside to find the shooter. According to a witness, Nealon spotted Al-Jumaili near the apartment and shot him.
Dallas Police Major Jeff Cotner spoke in a police press conference.
“The witness stated he observed Nealon raise the rifle and he took cover behind some mailboxes,” said Cotner. “The witness then heard one shot, followed by several more.”
Immediately after shooting Al-Jumaili, Nealon went back to his girlfriend’s apartment to report the shooting that he thought was aimed at him. Police did not have any leads until six days later, when a witness went to the Richardson Police Department and gave details about the shooting.
Police were ultimately able to determine the shooter based on a hat that Nealon was wearing on a surveillance video tape. They also found matching rifle cartridges in Nealon’s apartment.
Police do not believe that Al-Jumaili was targeted because of his race or ethnicity. They are investigating the murder with possible connections to gang related activity.
Al-Jumaili came to the U.S. only three weeks ago from Iraq because of the threat posed by ISIS. His wife Zahraa fled Iraq last year and Al-Jumaili came to Dallas to reunite with her.
Prior to moving to the U.S., Al-Jumaili was a contractor for an Internet company in Baghdad and frequently worked with the U.S. military. He had been working to move to the U.S. for more than a year.
Al-Jumaili’s father-in-law said that he was searching for a job after having been in the U.S. for twenty days.
He told CBS, “For a young man and a young woman, oh God, so many dreams together, wanted to have children and educate them well. It was the dreams of young people.”
After the first shot, Al-Jumaili tried to hide behind a pickup truck, but was shot in the chest. He ran to his apartment, where he collapsed in the breezeway. He was brought to the hospital and died the next day.
Police are investigating the other three men caught on camera with Nealon. Police are considering charges against them.