An LSU graduate student was fatally shot during a robbery of Mr. Lucky's Valero Gas Station in Baton Rouge.
A man entered the gas station building at 1400 Airline Highway around 3:30 a.m. Saturday, according to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office. The man shot the clerk, Md Firoz-Ul-Amin, 29, before robbing the store.
Firoz-Ul-Amin was pronounced dead at the scene.
LSU Director of Media Relations Ernie Ballard said Firoz-Ul-Amin was a Ph.D. student in the computer science and engineering program at the university. He worked under Golden G. Richard III, a professor who specializes in research on digital forensics, reverse engineering and malware analysis.
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Firoz-Ul-Amin's LinkedIn page shows he received both a bachelor's degree and master's degree in computer science and engineering from Jahangirnagar University in Bangladesh. He was scheduled to graduate with his doctorate from LSU in 2023.
As the news of his death broke, LSU campus leaders spoke out to honor Firoz-Ul-Amin's memory.
The director for the LSU Center for Computation & Technology, J. Ramanujam, said in a public Facebook post he was deeply saddened by Firoz-Ul-Amin's death.
LSU President F. King Alexander released a statement Saturday afternoon, referencing Firoz-Ul-Amin's talent and potential as a graduate student.
"The entire LSU community mourns the tragic loss of Ph.D. student Firoz-Ul-Amin," Alexander wrote. "He was an incredibly gifted student and researcher with such a promising future. Our thoughts are with his family, fellow students and his professors in the Computer Science and Engineering program at this time."
The Valero Gas Station was empty Saturday morning, with a padlock on the door and signs posted saying the business was closed. It sits in an isolated area along a stretch of highway near the old bridge, surrounded by shipping containers and warehouses.
Marla Bellinger, of Baton Rouge, said she saw several law enforcement units and yellow police tape surrounding the Valero station around 5:10 a.m. early Saturday morning as she crossed the old bridge.
“I figured a crime had happened, like a shooting or robbery,” Bellinger said. “I slowed down, but didn’t really see much.”
Next door, the bar and lounge attached to the Valero building was also bolted shut.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.