BOSTON (WHDH) - After weeks of trying to get to the United States from Bangladesh, family members of a convenience store clerk shot during an armed robbery in Roxbury last month were finally able to see him Tuesday night.
Tanjim Siam, 25, was shot when confronted by an armed robber while working behind the counter at M&R convenience on Shawmut Avenue on July 14.
The owner of the convenience store, Abdul Matin, said Siam did everything the robber asked — handed over cigarettes and cash — but the thief still took him to the back of the store, demanded he lay down and shot him.
He was rushed to Boston Medical Center where he has been fighting for his life for the last three weeks. Now, doctors tell his family that they will have to make a tough decision.
After spending weeks filing paperwork, waiting on visas and undergoing COVID-19 tests, his mother, father and two younger brothers were finally cleared to see him Tuesday.
Siam’s mother said she just wants a few more days with her son.
“Before she came, she thought he had a chance, but as soon as she saw yesterday, the whole time she has been crying and crying and crying,” Humayun Morshed of the Boston Convenience Store Owner Association said. “They’re going through a tough time right now.”
Siam moved to Boston just four months ago. He moved to the U.S. in the hopes of getting an education.
“He told me one day I have a plan… when I’ve got everything, then I am starting to go to school but now I need to help my family,” Abdul Matin, who owns a convenience store, said.
Boston police said there are no updates to share regarding this case.
Donations can be made to assist Siam’s family here.
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