Community Unites After Deadly Shooting

May 29, 2011 Updated May 29, 2011 at 11:13 PM EDT

By Allen Leight

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May 29, 2011 Updated May 29, 2011 at 11:13 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - A violent Memorial Day weekend turned deadly Saturday afternoon when an elderly man was struck in the head by a stray bullet.

82-year-old Ansumane Kanneh, a Liberian refugee, was killed outside the door of his apartment. Police say he was not the intended target in the shooting.

Neighbors describe Kanneh as a kind-hearted man who constantly opened his house to children, and would even watch kids after school until their parents could pick them up.

He was an active member of the United Liberia Association in America (ULAA), and was actively studying U.S. history in an effort to become an American citizen.

Kanneh leaves behind a wife and three children as well as a number of grandchildren.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown made an unannounced visit to the scene after reaching out to family to offer his condolences.

The Mayor met with family and community members for about 45 minutes privately, and plans to meet with member of the ULAA to discuss their safety concerns.

"We ran away from war...we came to the United States and we expect to be protected," said Nelson Nagbe, Vice President of the ULAA.

The Mayor says he plans to meet with the community in a few weeks, saying, "I told them I wanted to organize a meeting with them to talk about some of those concerns and look at ways we can assist the community."

Meanwhile the African community living the west side apartment complex, with the help of the ULAA, is focused on providing Kanneh with a proper burial.

The family did not have any insurance, so the group is looking to raise about $10,000 to cover funeral costs.

Anyone looking to help contribute to the fund can contact Dao Kamara, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the ULAA at dkamana72@yahoo.com or by phone at (716) 903-1479.