Owners of Desta, the Ethiopian Restaurant on Greenville, Shot to Death on the Porch of Their East Dallas Home

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The owners of Desta were found dead on their porch just after midnight.
Amidst a cluster of Ethiopian businesses near Greenville Avenue and 635 sits Desta, "one of a few restaurants in Dallas with the patience" to make their own injera, the classic Ethiopian spongy bread, as our food critic wrote last year.

It's a process that takes a lot of work, so the restaurant's owners, 40-year-old Yayehyirad Lemma and 31-year-old Yenenesh Desta, reportedly worked long days. They were coming home from one of those long days last night when, police say, they were shot to death, on the porch of their home on the 5700 block of Marquita Avenue, just east of Greenville.

NBC5 broke the story this morning. According to several outlets, police are still looking for a gunman, and a motive. Witnesses told police they heard gunshots just after midnight, but there were no signs of a robbery. The couple had an 18-month-old baby, who was unharmed.


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scottlinscheid
scottlinscheid

My wife Yeshi and I used to visit 4 or 5 different Ethiopian restaurants around Dallas, but after a couple visits to Desta, we never wanted to go anywhere but there. Why? Because of Yenenesh Desta (she went by "Selam"). Selam cooked the best Habesha food, as good as anything you could find back in Ethiopia (at least that's what my Ethiopian wife tells me). But great food in and of itself didn't earn our loyalty - it was Selam herself that kept us coming back and her AWESOME staff. They understood how to provide GREAT customer service. No matter how busy it was, Selam always came out of the kitchen to give us a hug and speak with us at our table. She had a way of talking with our 4-yr-old son that made him smile and often blush. Tears well up in my eyes as I think about how sweet and warm she was, and ache at the thought of not seeing her smiling face again. Her husband, Yared, was a quiet and kind-hearted man, and they both were working so hard to build their restaurant and serve the community. My wife and I had just celebrated our 6th anniversary at Desta over the weekend, and we are going to miss Selam and Yared so, so much. I think I know why the rain was pouring down Tuesday night when this occurred - God was crying hard for His two children who were slain by some evil animal. Our prayers go out for all the family (especially their son) and friends who are left behind, and for the capture and punishment of all those responsible for this senseless murder of these two beautiful people.

mellattafesse
mellattafesse

@NiggasInGonder oh my god and they had a child too.....

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

I used to work with an Ethiopian immigrant who was terrified of a revenge killing being committed on her family by an assassin from the old country.  She moved several times and changed her name.  It was sad to see her living in such fear in our free country.

Jonc
Jonc

Above all this is awful, I love that restaurant. It does seem not by happenstance though and will be interested to see what they find out.

 

Don't mean to imply anything whatsoever, just have an interested story. But I had a friend (co-worker) several years ago in another city who had spent a year in Ethiopia, either for peace corps or some humanitarian work-thing. She met an Ethiopian guy there, fell in love, got married there. She got back to the states when her visa expired and for 9 months or so pined over the guy, her husband. They talked on the phone almost nightly and FINALLY after much paperwork, money, time he was able to come over to the US with a visa, marriage licenses worked-out and everything. She had been through so much, was a strong girl and spent a lot of anguish, time and money on it all.

 

4 days after he was here in the US they were at home together he said he "had to go", got his bags and ran outside. Hopped in a car with 4 other Ethiopian dudes and sped off. A week later her apt was robbed. Obviously she never heard from him again.

 

 

Metroplexual
Metroplexual

My sympathies to the family and friends of this couple.

 

This is one of the worst written new items I have ever read.

NiggasInGonder
NiggasInGonder

@mellattafesse I'm saying I feel so bad for the kid

Ras_Mitat
Ras_Mitat

 @Jonc Don't mean to imply anything whatsoever either, but I also know several American "humanitarian workers" who set up shop in Ethiopia, fundraising U.S. $$$ on behalf of poor starving children, while at the same time eating at the finest restaurants and traveling to resort regions all expenses paid, not to mention paying themselves exuberant salaries.  As for the poor starving kids, they got nothing but photos taken of their misery. Very "Christian," indeed.

Sime
Sime

 @timetomoveon 

 

Sounds like a hit? How evil hearted are you? Would you just say this and pass like a dog is dying? Even a dog deserves sympathy. These people are two brave humans working their asses to be someone and serve their community  day and night.

Are you born from a human? then you will definitely have a mother and a father just like the 18 month son who is waiting to see his parents faces and hear their voices. It might be easy for you to jyst say 'Sounds like a hit' and 'move on'. If you can't have the guts to express your sympathy to strengthen their beloveds, then just do not comment at all.

Ras_Mitat
Ras_Mitat

 @Sime Lost in translation...when he said "hit," he meant it as a killing (hitman) ordered by mafia, or political group...And not as in "hit" record.

Sime
Sime

 @Ras_Mitat 

Thank you, your translation made it clear. A bit taken by the story at the time, sorry.

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