Boss says loss of man in Belton road rage shooting is baffling, incomprehensible

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BELTON, Mo. -- A metro man is charged in connection with a deadly road rage shooting. Tajudeen Osagie, 30, faces unlawful possession of a firearm. Investigators believe he used that gun to shoot and kill Benjamin Friend last week.

Tajudeen B. Osagie, aka Harry Mack, is in jail and suspected of killing Benjamin Friend in a Belton road rage incident.

Tajudeen B. Osagie, aka Harry Mack, is in jail and suspected of killing Benjamin Friend in a Belton road rage incident.

FOX 4's Melissa Stern spoke to Friend's boss who says he's still in shock.

“I knew Ben over the 11 years, actually I had the opportunity to go traveling with he and his wife in the last year on a trip, so I got to get to know him a little better,” said Glen Posladek, the president of A.B. May Company.

Friend worked at A.B. May for more than a decade.

“Ben was driving an A.B. May truck on his way home from his last service call,” added Posladek.

On Tuesday of last week just before 6 p.m., police found Friend slumped over the wheel of his truck. He had been shot in the head and died from his injuries.

“It just seemed incomprehensible to me that he would be involved in a road rage incident,” Posladek said.

According to court documents, two witnesses saw Osagie holding a pistol and heard two quick shots. Police later found surveillance video from a nearby business on Holmes road of Osagie's car in that area at the time.

“It was such a relief to hear that they`d apprehended somebody last night, and I know it`s a relief for the family to have a little bit of knowledge about what might have taken place and why, but I know it`s going to be baffling forever,” Posladek added.

Those who knew friend say he was reliable and a family man, who loved his wife and kids.

“He was a young father, he had an 11-year-old daughter, 8-year-old son, and a baby that`s three months old, and the baby has some medical needs,” said Posladek.

Osagie has a criminal record and isn't supposed to have a weapon.

A.B. May set up a memorial fund for the Friend family.

“We’re hopeful that through the generosity of his coworkers and the community at least some of the expenses can be defrayed,” said Posladek.

The public can send donations to the Benjamin R. Friend Memorial fund at Crossfirst Bank.  They can also send them to A.B. May and they will send them to the bank to deposit them in the fund.  The funds will go directly to Ben's wife to help with expenses during this difficult time.