Young Engineer, Life Cut Short

$18,901 of $25k goal

Raised by 203 people in 9 days
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belete alemu
on behalf of Dannny Mersiehazen
 LOS ANGELES, CA
On Wednesday April 12, 2017  28 year old Zelalem Eshetu Ewnetu was shot and killed by Los Angeles County sheriff deputies. Zelalem was a graduate from the Idaho State University majoring in Mechanical/Nuclear Engineering. He worked as an engineer for the California Public Utilities Commission. He is the first and only one in his family to graduate from college. His mother and siblings reside in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. If you are able, please consider donating to help with his funeral and attorney costs.
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Update 4
Posted by Belete Alemu
3 days ago
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We Zelalem's family members, selected our brother in Law, highly respected individual by family and Ethiopian community here in Los Angeles, Danny Mersiehazen to handle withdrawals to pay for Mortuary and travel expenses which includes Zelalem's Aunt Seble Zeleke to accompany the body to Ethiopia. The remaining balance be sent to Zelalem's mother to Ethiopia, to cover funeral and other expenses.
we are anticipating, those expenses to be around $16,000 minimum.
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Update 3
Posted by Belete Alemu
4 days ago
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I met Zelalem(Zolla) through our mutual friend Yimesker in the fall of 2010 at Idaho State University. My first impression of Zolla was that he was very down to earth guy and that he was very excited to meet me. It didn’t take us any time to click and be good friends since our background was very similar. When I met him in the fall of 2010 he was going into his senior year in college. He majored in Mechanical Engineering and Nuclear Engineering with an emphasis in physics. I, on the other hand, was a freshman in college planning to purse a degree in technology. As our friendship grew stronger and stronger throughout the semester, I started to notice that Zolla was no ordinary man and that he was a born genius. He was taking 7 classes as a senior in engineering school which is next to impossible for most people. That just tells the story that he was book smart but with my interaction with him and the conversation I have had with him were full of wisdom and knowledge. Thanks to him and his amazing advice I also majored in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering and graduated in the spring of 2015. Zolla graduated way ahead of me in the fall of 2011 (Dec). It took him 4 and half years to complete arguable two of the hardest majors at the university and he was able to take extra physics classes, such as quantum mechanics, in his last semester. He was 1 class shy from getting a minor physics and 1 class shy from getting a math minor when he graduated. Zolla and I used to hang out almost every weekend and talk about education, life, future, and many other topics which I believe have played a big role into the man I am today. Because of his wise advices I stood today with my heads held up high as one of the top performing engineer at a nuclear power plant.
Of course, our friendship did not stop when he graduated and moved to California. During his final semester he applied and got accepted to Cali State University at long beach where he pursued a masters in engineering. He attended the school for about a year from 2012 to 2013before dropping out to work for California Public Utilities commission (CPCU). The job he got was not easy to get. He had to take a state wide exam given by CPCU and rank among the top candidates. He got one of the top 3 score on the exam effortlessly, and I know that because he confessed to me in one of our conversations that he didn’t even study for the exam. I was not surprised by any means since he has done a similar thing before he graduated from ISU. He took Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam, which is a nationwide exam that engineers take before taking Professional Engineering Exam to become a professional Engineer, and passed it after only studying for few hours a day before the exam. Mind you that others spend months studying for FE before taking the exam. He was hired as utility engineer and moved to LA once he passed the CPCU exam. His job involved inspecting electrical grids and other power generation equipment and methodology used to generate electricity at different locations in the state of California. He was required to travel, about a week or two in a month, to the different cities in California for inspections.Zolla absolutely loved his job and most definitely loved the city of LA.
Zolla was a kind, humble and caring person. He was an introvert but once he gets comfortable with someone he becomes to life. He absolutely hates going out of his way to initiate a conversation with a stranger let alone get into altercation. He always tried to live by the books and never made an ill-advised decision as long as I have known him. He was always there for me when I needed him. He used to send me money when I was a broke college student and motivate and encourage me to stay strong during those times. Zolla also loved his family dearly. His dad passed away in recent years which forced him to be the man in the household since he was the oldest. He supported his mom and brother in Ethiopia consistently sending them money on a monthly basis. The last time he went back to visit them was back in 2015. His stay wasn’t for long but he spent every min of it with his beloved family.

Zolla and I shared so many things together. We both majored in Mechanical and Nuclear engineering, we are both 28 years old separated by only few months, we had the same taste in music, and so many more things I can’t even finish listing if I had the time in the world. We were not blood related but he was my brother and my family. He drove all the way from LA to celebrate my graduation, he used to come to AZ to visit me on different occasions, and I used to go to LA and visit him as well. He was an exceptional man and what is done to him is heartbreaking and unacceptable. Zolla made too much money, $83K to be exact, for him to be stealing a fucked up Honda which probably is worth 5% of what he was driving when he got killed. The allegations that he tried to shoot at a police officer is bogus and straight bull shit. Zolla simply does not have it in his DNA to start an altercation let alone point a gun at a police. The sheriff department should be hold accountable for the murder of an innocent man who was at a wrong place at the wrong time. I have lost a brother and the world have lost a born genius who would have contributed to science and technology.
His ultimate goal in life was to find a way to fuse physics and music. He believed that physics and music are made out of the same fabrics and he was in the process of coming up with a mathematical equation to show the correlation between physics and music. He believed that every music can be represented with a mathematical equation and I was supposed to help me accomplish this daring and bold idea of his. He was truly a genius and an outside the box thinker. He stood up for things he believed in and would not be forced or convinced easily with things that are not backed up by rules, laws, facts, or science.
RIP my beloved brother!
From his Best Friend.
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Update 2
Posted by Belete Alemu
6 days ago
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Thanks to all of you, we have raised 52% of our goal.
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Update 1
Posted by Belete Alemu
6 days ago
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Young Engineer, Life Cut Short has reached 51% of its goal. Thanks to Ethiopia, Menbere & Mengistu and Dawit.
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Emebet Haile
4 days ago
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I am very sad that such an amazing young man losing his life in such condition. Please keep up us informed about his case and how we can help.

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Eden Million
8 hours ago

dear zelalem's family i am deeply sorry for your lose i couldn't imagine losing a son makes fill and how sad are you now but God will brought justice and justice is by God so keep having a strength in God he will help you get through this blessings

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$18,901 of $25k goal

Raised by 203 people in 9 days
Created April 16, 2017
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belete alemu  
on behalf of Dannny Mersiehazen
TA
$100
Titty & Ashu Alemu
9 days ago
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1

A life cut so short, our hearfelt condolences to the family. RIP.

YT
$20
Yonas Tsegaye
11 hours ago

Very sorry for the loss of a fellow engineer... Habesha NSBE

SN
$10
Sanjeev Niroula
1 day ago

Rest in Peace brother.

AE
$20
Adisu Endale
1 day ago

May your soul Rest in peace

AF
$15
Addis Fisseha
1 day ago

R.I.P OMG It is Shocking Day light murder.

MA
$100
Menbere & Mengistu Alemu
2 days ago

RIP & Let God give your family strength to go through this difficult time

SR
$20
Seifu Retta
2 days ago

R.i.p,zele!!! we need justice

$15
Tamirat Yohanis
2 days ago

Justice for our Brother . Rest In Peace bro I feel so sad

GA
$25
Gelila Abebe
2 days ago

May you rest in ever lasting peace

ZK
$50
Zekarias Kidane
2 days ago

RIP. Justice for our brother.

Emebet Haile
4 days ago
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I am very sad that such an amazing young man losing his life in such condition. Please keep up us informed about his case and how we can help.

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Eden Million
8 hours ago

dear zelalem's family i am deeply sorry for your lose i couldn't imagine losing a son makes fill and how sad are you now but God will brought justice and justice is by God so keep having a strength in God he will help you get through this blessings

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