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Family looking for answers after deadly shooting in Brightwood

Omer Kaan Demir was shot Sunday night after he dropped off his girlfriend on Underwood Street NW near Piney Branch Road

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A local family is looking for answers after a deadly shooting just after 11:30 p.m. Sunday in D.C.'s Brightwood neighborhood.

Omer Kaan Demir was 28.

His father works for the Turkish embassy. As the search for the shooter continues, his family demands justice.

“He was an amazing soul -- the nicest guy you could probably meet -- and he had a huge life ahead,” said his brother, Eren Demir. “Crazy. I just have no words for it.”

Loved ones say Omer Kaan Demir was dropping off his girlfriend on Underwood Street NW near Piney Branch Road when he was gunned down.

“His girlfriend called me on FaceTime through Instagram, and all I saw was her crying and police sirens and then one of the officers were next to her as well, and my initial response was I thought it was a car crash, because I never thought he would get shot.” Eren Demir said, “The officer was like, ‘He’s been shot multiple times, the condition doesn't look good, they’re trying to like resuscitate him.’"

Eren Demir said he rushed to the scene, but by the time he arrived, it was too late. His older brother, best friend and business partner was gone and his family shattered.

“No words can describe what they’re feeling,” the victim's brother said. “I still can’t wrap my head around what happened, because he was like the nicest guy to anyone.”

Nearly 24 hours after the shooting, there has been no word from investigators on a possible motive or suspect description. Family members think it may have been a robbery.

The victim's brother had a message for the person who pulled the trigger: “I hope he rots in prison and faces the harshest punishment possible, because you took a beautiful soul in my brother.”

There is a reward of up to $25,000 for anyone with information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the shooter. Anyone with information is asked to call the Metropolitan Police Department.

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