ST. LOUIS, Missouri — The Bosnian community in St. Louis says they no longer feel safe following the beating death of a former Iowan over the weekend.
Thirty-two-year-old Zemir Begic was attacked by a group of teenagers over the weekend. Police say one of the teen’s hit Begic’s car with a hammer. Begic stopped and got out and that’s when he was attacked and killed after exchanging words with the suspects.
Three of the suspects are already in custody and police are searching for a fourth. The suspects range in age from 15-to-17.
Begic’s wife says he protected her from becoming a victim as well.
“Pull me out of the way and put himself in front of me, basically giving up his life for me,” says Arijana Mujkanovic.
Begic had lived in Waterloo and still has family there. His family says the funeral will be held in Iowa later this week.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay for Begic’s funeral.