A 44-year-old man murdered just a few weeks ago left behind three children in the Ivory Coast, his friends said. 

Lassana Cisse was killed on April 6 in a drive-by shooting in Ħal Far that has provoked shock among the migrant community. Two other men were injured in the attack. 

Around 100 friends and well-wishers gathered last weekend to honour the memory of Lassana, who was shot to death by a mystery killer in a crime that has puzzled investigators.

During that event, friends told Times of Malta that Mr Cisse's children had been told of their father’s murder.

Lassana Cisse's friend Ousamane Dicko speaks. Video: Chris Sant Fournier

Known to his friends as ‘Lass’, Mr Cisse was described as a gentle man who never had any problems with anyone. 

Ousmane Dicko, who had known Mr Cisse since 2011, said people were shocked by the news.

“What had he done to this person for them to kill him,” Mr Dicko said. “When they kill a person like this, you do not know if tomorrow it is going to be you.”

When they kill a person like this, you do not know if tomorrow it is going to be you

The rest of the migrant community now lives in fear, he admitted. The man appealed for the authorities to find the person responsible and ensure that this never happens again. 

According to Mr Dicko, migrants are sometimes on the receiving end of comments telling them to “go back to your country” and they are sometimes physically pushed, but violence is now clearly on the rise.

The memorial event in Ħal Far was attended, among others, by President Emeritus Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, who told those gathered that the community had lost “one of our brothers”.

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