Abdulmalek Nasher is remembered for his love for his home country and for the people of Yemen. On Tuesday night, family and friends gathered to mourn the loss of the 32-year-old, who was one of two men killed earlier this week in the vicinity of Skyline Boulevard.
Nasher worked as an independent cab driver providing for his wife and his young daughter.
“He was always willing to help his people,” said Mansoor Ismael, the Yemeni Consul General based in San Francisco.
Ismael said he met Nasher over a decade ago when Nasher came to his office to help with a celebration marking the remembrance of Yemen’s Unification Day. He recalled that Nasher would offer money and volunteer time through Ismael’s office.
A few days ago, Ismael said Nasher joined him at an area mosque for prayer, and he shared some good news.
“He said he had just gotten a new apartment in Daly City,” Ismael said.
“As he was leaving on Monday night, his daughter asked to come along,” Ismael said. “He refused, but promised to bring back some ice cream for her.”
“It makes me cry. His daughter is still asking for her father to come back, or 'Where is my father,'” Ismael said.
Nasher worked as a taxi driver and owner of Skyline Yellow Cab.
Half Moon Bay resident Nickie Bagai said she and her husband used Nasher’s cab services for over a year, twice a month for date nights.
“He was such a friendly person and we would always have lengthy conversations about religion, family,” Bagai said. “He was a very dedicated husband and father.”
Bagai recalls Nasher would often share photos of his now 4-year-old daughter.
“He was just a warm, hardworking father and husband,” Bagai said. “He was a valued member for his family, community and also the Coastside.”
Ismael said the family is making plans for a funeral this weekend at the Fiji Jamaat Ul Islam of America mosque in South San Francisco, followed by a gathering at a family member’s house.
San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of Nasher and 31-year-old John Sione Pekipaki, both killed this week. A suspect for at least one of the homicides has been arrested.
At around 11 p.m. on Monday, June 17, a passing San Mateo County Sheriff deputy on patrol reportedly found Nasher lying in the dirt west of Skyline Boulevard and just north of Reid’s Roost Road in unincorporated San Mateo County. Nasher was determined dead at the scene from stab wounds.
Law enforcement conducted a search in the area, including two county SWAT teams and several tracking dogs, authorities said. No suspect was located at that time, but reportedly investigators found evidence of the crime.
On Tuesday, June 18, at around midnight, patrol deputies were again summoned to the area on Skyline Boulevard when they heard a man calling for help. Pekipaki was found lying on the ground, suffering from stab wounds. He ultimately died from his injuries.
As Pekipaki was tended for, another man attempted to flee from the scene, authorities say. A San Mateo County Sheriff's deputy allegedly fired at the oncoming vehicle. The suspect, later identified as 26-year-old Pacifica resident Malik Dosouqui, was not hit by gunfire but swerved off into a ditch.
Dosouqui is being treated for medical injuries and has not yet been booked into San Mateo County jail as of Thursday afternoon.
Investigators are looking into a connection between the two homicides because of the proximity and similar circumstances of the deaths.