Mon proposes, God disposses

Today I lost a very dear friend. Ours was one of the first few trustworthy bonds I developed after moving to the U.S. And this bond continued up until now. Many will be surprised to learn of this friendship. It was like night and day. Oil and water. With seemingly nothing in common but the mere fact that we were both Cameroonians.

However that was not the case. He had the same dreams and desires like every one of us. To acquire the American dream and become a financial support pillar for his family. Unfortunately, as with many friendships, we went about achieving these dreams in separate ways. But despite those differences we stayed true to our friendship.

I always accused him of having a split personality. This was the root of the misplaced perception others seem to have about him. But as we all know, to every story there are 2 sides. The man I knew was a kind gentleman. Whom I couldn’t take serious or keep a straight face around. A cheerful giver of his time and resources to those in need around him. He was full of advice even though He never put any of them to practice himself. A man who like all of us had his doubts, fears and concerns but did a good job masking all of it from the rest of the world. I always wished others had the same privilege to experience this different side of his personality.

 Christmas holiday plans where made. So many unfinished conversations as old as 2004 to be hashed out into the New Year. Ours was a never ending debate in which we both disagreed to agree. This is definitely the biggest rude awakening of my lifetime.

 And yet so many lessons to be learned from this tragedy. I guess man proposes and God disposes.


Rest In Peace George, I will miss you dearly.

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Man Killed in Cumberland Mall Shooting:

A fight in a parking lot near Cumberland Mallturned deadly Saturday night. 

Cobb Police said George B. Tabetando, 29, of Powder Springs died of gunshot wounds after getting into a fight with another man around 7 p.m. Saturday in a parking lot of the Macy's department store, near the Cobb Community Transit bus station on Cumberland Boulevard.
Cobb Police Spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce said in a news release Sunday morning that witnesses saw the male suspect flee the scene in a brown, charcoal or gray BMW. 
Pierce said the suspect is a black male with dreadlocks, and was last seen wearing dark clothing and in possession of a handgun. He also said police think the BMW may have been driven by a black female. 
Pierce said after the two men began fighting, the suspect pulled out a handgun and shot a man later identified as Tabetando several times, chasing him into a roadway. 
Tabetando was taken to Emory Adventist Hospital in Smyrna and died there, Pierce said. 
Cobb Police are asking that anyone with information about events leading up to the shooting and who can identify Tabetando to call 770-499-3945.


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A fight in a parking lot near Cumberland Mall turned deadly Saturday night.
Cobb Police said George B. Tabetando, 29, of Powder Springs died of gunshot wounds after getting into a fight with another man around 7 p.m. Saturday in a parking lot of the Macy's department store, near the Cobb Community Transit bus station on Cumberland Boulevard.
Cobb Police Spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce said in a news release Sunday morning that witnesses saw the male suspect flee the scene in a brown, charcoal or gray BMW.
Pierce said the suspect is a black male with dreadlocks, and was last seen wearing dark clothing and in possession of a handgun. He also said police think the BMW may have been driven by a black female.
Pierce said after the two men began fighting, the suspect pulled out a handgun and shot a man later identified as Tabetando several times, chasing him into a roadway.
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