Kenya native speaks about newly released video of mall attack

Liz Kazunga had friends, family near mall

By Scott Johnson - Reporter

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - New dramatic, chilling video has been released from the massive mall shooting in Kenya last month. The video is extremely graphic and shows the suspects in the mall as they shoot innocent people and gather hostages throughout the mall.

The video was hard to watch for Liz Kazunga, an academic advisor at the University of North Florida. Kazunga used to live in Kenya and grew up just minutes away from the mall. 

"That's my neighborhood, the Westgate mall was a new mall that was built," said Kazunga.

Some of the victims that were involved in the tragic mall shooting were Kazunga's friends.

"I was in shock when the masses of people being taken out of mall.," Kazunga said. "I could recognize people I went to school with, so I rushed to the phone to call. My brother Michael lost two of his friends who were there buying video games. My sister's friend was at the mall earlier that day, luckily got out."

There are still a lot of questions about the gunmen who killed dozens of people

"We are a very progressive society," Kazunga said. "I believe these people wanted to hurt our democratic values, our way of life and they wanted to break our spirit. Targeting families from all walks of life, eating brunch, out at movies."

Kazunga told Channel 4 that she calls home every day to check on her family. She said things have started to settle down despite the fact that many victims are still unaccounted for. She's relieved her family survived.

"My dad had actually been in a mall next to Westgate mall that morning. Usually runs his errands, grabs cup of coffee. So I was panicking, because at some point someone I knew had been in that area. So you can imagine, someone I knew on CNN, I was afraid to even call home," said Kazunga.

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