LSU PhD student identified as Baton Rouge store clerk found fatally shot

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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Deputies are investigating after a store clerk was fatally shot during a robbery early Saturday morning, according to the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office (EBRSO).

The shooting happened at about 3:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7 at the Mr. Lucky’s Valero Gas Station located at 1400 Airline Highway. An unidentified man entered the building and shot the clerk before robbing the store, an EBRSO spokesman said.

The victim was identified by EBRSO as Md Firoz Firoz-Ulamin, 29.

A spokesman for LSU confirmed Firoz-Ulamin was a doctoral student in the school’s computer science program.

J. Ram Ramanujam, director of LSU’s Center for Computation & Technology, wrote on Facebook that Firoz-Ulamin was working with Dr. Golden Richard III, a professor who specializes in digital forensics, memory forensics, reverse engineering, malware analysis, and operating systems.

Information on Firoz-Ulamin’s Linkedin page shows he was expected to graduate with a Ph.D. in 2023.

LSU President F. King Alexander released the following statement Saturday:

“The entire LSU community mourns the tragic loss of Ph.D. student Md Firoz Firoz-Ulamin. 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.”

Friends say Firoz-Ulamin was engaged to be married this December.

“He was a very decent person. A pretty nice guy. And, he was very helpful,” said Shifat Mithila, a friend of Firoz-Ulamin who participated in the Bangladeshi Students’ Association with him. “We’re shocked. We’re shocked and devastated. It’s not something you expect to happen and it’s not something you can accept really quickly.”

Mithila says her thoughts are with Firoz-Ulamin’s family. He was the only son of his parents, and the family was already dealing with the emotional toll of losing Firoz-Ulamin’s father, Mithila said.

As everyone in Firoz-Ulamin’s life begins the healing process after his death, Mithila says their only hope is that the person who took the beloved student from his mother, fiance, family, and friends is caught.

“I’m requesting the police please find the person who did this," said Mithila. “His family needs justice...We need justice.”

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