“The daddy is a hero”; Oakland Man, 1 12 months outdated daughter dies in horrible fireplace – CBS San Francisco

OAKLAND (CBS SF) – An Oakland father who took his family to the San Francisco Bay Area to escape war-torn Yemen died trying to save his 1-year-old daughter from an early morning fire, and was called Hero Sunday by the police and family members.

Esam Musleh and his young daughter, Alia Musleh, died when a fire engulfed their three-story home just across the entrance to Bishop O’Dowd High School at 12:14 p.m. on Saturday. His pregnant wife remains in the hospital with burns.

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Esam Musleh worked as an employee in a liquor store. The family immigrated to the United States to escape war-torn Yemen.

“We’re running out of Yemen because of the war,” said Alsamma. “We thought we were safe here. But death followed us to this place. “

Police said the family was the innocent victim of one of several reprisals linked to a murder a week ago. Now Esam and his daughter are the 43rd and 44th Oakland murders of the year. A year at a historic pace for deadly violence in the city of East Bay.

Investigators said witnesses told them that someone threw objects through the windows of the house, causing fast moving flames to burn.

“(Family members) heard something explode, you know, two or three times,” said Mohammed Alsamma, the victims’ cousin.

Alsamma also lived in the house. He was at work when someone called to alert him that his house was on fire. He confirmed that the fire had killed his cousin Esam and one-year-old daughter Alia.

Police said the father tried to save the girl when the deadly flames engulfed the house. Firefighters found their bodies together.

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“The father and child were found together,” said LeRonne Armstrong, Oakland police chief. “And so it’s really sad, but the father is a hero. He sacrificed his life. “

Armstrong said Muslef’s wife suffered second degree burns to her lower body.

“She should give birth this month,” said Alsamma.

He said his cousin was working as a cashier at Booker’s Liquor Store last Saturday when someone shot 25-year-old Dejoh Woods in the store.

Police said Woods and a customer got into an argument before the shooting. The man who shot Woods reported to the Oakland police on Thursday.

Investigators believed Woods had ties to a local gang. They suspected that his staff set the liquor store on fire on Wednesday evening. Detectives said these employees could also be responsible for the shooting at another West Oakland store that injured a cashier on Monday.

The arson was the most recent retaliatory attack. Alsamma said the man who shot Woods was from the Middle East.

“We’re not related to the guy who shot (Woods),” Alasmma said. “So I don’t know why they came after us.”

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“It’s really sad that someone in our community would do something as heinous as setting fire to a house in the middle of the night and killing an innocent family,” said Armstrong.

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