Ehud Raich, a young locksmith who had immigrated from Israel, was helping a robbery victim get into his locked car in Southeast Washington when he was fatally shot.

That was on the afternoon of Aug. 15, 2004, and Raich's murder remains unsolved.

He was helping a car owner on the 4600 block of G Street SE, near Benning Terrace Recreation Center, when a gunman walked up to him and fired once, striking Raich in the neck, police said. The gunman fled in a dark-colored car with another person.

Police said Raich, 25, was assisting a man whose keys were stolen the night before during a robbery at the same location.

The robbery victim's house -- which was not on G Street SE -- was later burglarized, police said.

Investigators were looking into the possibility that the gunman was involved in the robbery.

Witnesses described the gunman as a light-skinned black male in his early 20s weighing 160 to 180 pounds. He was wearing a black shirt and blue jeans.

Police said the motive and intended victim were unclear, but they were investigating a possible connection between the Saturday robbery and the shooting.

Raich, of Arlington, immigrated to the United States from Moshav M'Hora, a village near Jerusalem. He moved to the Washington area in January 2004, after spending a half of a year in Tennessee.

According to his roommate, who also immigrated to the U.S. from Israel, Raich had planned to go home to Israel later that summer, when his sister was due to give birth. Raich planned to stay in Washington and start his own business.

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