A teenager has been shot and killed after confronting a man who had allegedly sold him counterfeit AirPod Pros in Mesa, Arizona.
Garry Anau, 19, had bought the Apple wireless headphones on OfferUp – an online market place app similar to Craigslist which is used by private sellers and involves in-person transactions.
When Anau discovered on Friday that he had been given fake Airpods he went with his cousins to get a refund from the seller, 21-year-old Kenyada Bass.
But police say Bass pulled out a gun when confronted by the men, and Anau was shot multiple times. He died in hospital on Saturday.
On Wednesday police arrested and charged Bass with one count of manslaughter and two counts of aggravated assault, AZfamily.com reports.
Court documents say that Bass injured himself during the confrontation, shooting himself in the foot, and was beaten by Anau’s cousins after they wrestled the gun away from him.
Garry Anau was shot and killed after confronting a man who had allegedly sold him counterfeit AirPod Pros
Police charged Kenyada Bass, 21, with one count of manslaughter and two counts of aggravated assault. He claims he was beaten by Anau’s cousins after they wrestled the gun away from him.
Anau’s parents are now mourning the loss of their son. ‘He had so much to live for,’ his mother Pou Anau said
Anau, who was the eldest of seven siblings, was shot multiple times according to dispatch audio.
Anau’s father, Seul, offered details to AZCentral about the alleged scam that lead to his son’s death.
‘What happened is the guy would sell the products and then disconnect and block the people from contacting him again,’ he said.
‘So he would continue to sell them. So he would sell them and block them. That’s how he would scam them.’
Seul said Anau and one of his cousins planned to confront the seller by pretending to want to buy another pair of Airpods.
Once the cousin met up with the seller, Anau arrived to confront him and return the imitation headphones.
It was at that point the seller allegedly reacted by pulling out the gun, Seul said.
Kenyada Bass, 21, told investigators he pulled out his gun and fired three shots as he hit the ground, with one shot hitting himself in the foot
Garry Anau,19, with his father Seul Anau. The father said that his son was not involved with guns, and should not have been involved in the confrontation
Anau played football and after graduating high school in 2020 he worked as a manager at a local Sonic Drive-In
According to court documents seen by AZfamily.com, Bass told police he was carrying a Glock 35 in his basketball shorts pocket when he was confronted by Anau.
He allegedly told police that he moved his gun to his waistband when he saw a group of five men ‘come out of nowhere’, before he was tackled to the ground.
He pulled out the weapon and fired three shots as he hit the ground, one of the rounds into his own foot, according to the court documents.
After the shots were fired, one of the men wrestled the gun away from him.
Bass told police he tried to run but could not get far because of his injury. He claims the men then beat and kicked him until he passed out.
Both Bass and Anau were taken to hospital, and Anau was later pronounced dead.
Anau’s father Seul said that his son was not involved with guns, and should not have been involved in the confrontation.
‘You think in your heart and mind that these things won’t ever happen to your own child, ever’, he told AZCentral.
‘For my son even the detectives and all of them they knew right away he wasn’t that type of kid. He wasn’t even supposed to be there. In other words, wrong place, wrong time.’
The Anau family is mourning the loss of their son, Garry, who was the eldest of seven siblings
Anau’s parents are now mourning the loss of their son.
‘He just had the right heart you know, he would have done so much,’ Seul told 12News.
He had so much to live for,’ his mother Pou added.
Anau played high school football and after graduating in 2020 he worked as a manager at a local Sonic Drive-In. He had hopes of being a sports reporter
‘He would have been a great father and a husband, he wanted to serve his community,’ Seul said.
‘It feels like a foggy dream or nightmare,’ Seul said. ‘We have cried all our tears out. There really is nothing left to cry.’
Anau’s family created a GoFundMe page that has already raised over $33,000- surpassing its original goal of $30,000 in just 2 days.
‘He was respectful, soft-spoken, and gentle hearted. Wherever he’d go, the smile on his face was contagious,’ the fundraiser said.
‘We believe we are going to meet him and see him one day and that’s what’s sustaining us,’ Seul said.
DailyMail.com reached out to OfferUp seeking comment on the shooting.