On March 18, 1969, horror and tragedy befell the Ethiopian Embassy in Mexico city.
The Associated Press described chaos when an Ethiopian employee at the Embassy went on a shooting rampage ,
killing three and wounding six. One of those fatally wounded was Ethiopian ambassador Gaitachew Bekele’s wife,
Belaynesh Bekele. The other two fatally wounded were women servants at the Embassy.
Three of those six wounded were children, two of them were the children of Ambassador Bekele.
The shooter was described as Bermanu Afework, age 30, who would flee the scene and was later found dead at a nearby hotel.
According to the AP, “Bekele had thought highly of Afework and had brought him from Ethiopia on a friend’s recommendation to work at the embassy. Embassy personnel described Afework as quiet and unassuming.”
Later it was revealed that Afework had been released from duty after “bothering the servant girls” at the embassy. Reports also indicated that Afework had hung himself and a knife and handgun were found in his possesion.
It was later reported by the AP that another shooting victim , likely one of the children, had also succumb to injuries.