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Dr. Henry Bello & Tracy Sin Yee Tam

Nigeria-born United States resident, Dr. Henry Bello killed himself after he opened fire in the halls of Bronx-Lebanon Hospital in New York City, leaving one doctor dead and six others injured. The deceased doctor, Tracy Sin Yee Tam, 32, was only at the hospital because she was covering for a colleague who took time off.

According to CNN, the gunman was “looking for a physician he blamed for his resignation from the facility, but that person wasn’t there.” He had worked at the hospital from August 2014 to February 2015 but resigned before he was to be fired for harassing a former colleague.

NYC newspaper, New York Daily News received an email from a man identifying himself as Henry Bello, two hours before the shooting.

A man identifying himself as Henry Bello sent an email to the New York Daily News two hours before the shooting, blaming two doctors – a man and a woman – for his dismissal. In the letter, he congratulated the female doctor on his termination saying he told her “it remains to be seen if my life is meaningless or disposable… This hospital terminated my road to a licensure to practice medicine.”

However, the letter was seen and published after the shooting but it had no indications of violence.

Credit: New York Daily News

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33 Comments

  1. nnenne

    July 2, 2017 at 3:57 am

    Jesus!
    Anyone could be a victim!
    Only God will guide us. Be thankful if you make it home any day!
    It’s crazy out there!

    • Ema Bine

      July 2, 2017 at 2:46 pm

      True o. Poor chinko colleague was only covering for someone.
      Sorry out of discussion but I find his English atrocious!

    • ND babe

      July 3, 2017 at 5:26 am

      As much as this dude had no right to terminate this doctor’s life, I have to point out that he is a victim of Nigeria. Yes. If Nigeria left him with reasonable options, he would not feel his life was over.

  2. Symbee

    July 2, 2017 at 6:28 am

    There’s a thin line between sanity and crazy… This guy went off cos he didn’t see a future, he couldn’t see beyond the gloom. It’s quite unfortunate for him and the victims

  3. Shao

    July 2, 2017 at 7:13 am

    If you are a foreign doctor you will understand this guy’s struggles.

    May their souls rest in peace

    • nene+

      July 2, 2017 at 7:40 am

      Still not justified! It shows he had a track record of violence. Sad!
      God help us

    • Mz Socially Awkward....

      July 3, 2017 at 12:06 am

      Still absolutely no excuse. The other day, we read that BN post about the secondary school student who set out to poison another student just because of academic rankings. Give him time and good reason and he might become this sort of news item.

      Failure happens to us all (and sometimes even when it’s unjustified by the work we’ve put in) but there are certain people who would rather pursue a darker path rather than learning how to get back from being knocked down.

      I refuse to say a word of prayer for his soul. He doesn’t deserve it. May the family of Dr. Tracy Tam be dearly comforted at this difficult time and I pray she’s resting in The Lord.

  4. Siju

    July 2, 2017 at 8:07 am

    Sometimes we need to look beyond the acts perpetuated by these persons but by the situation leading to their reason to do such acts.

    This guy was apparently terrorized psychologically and socially by his said colleague. This ‘SHE’ doctor organized a mob against him to her favor and in fact probably did not start there but prior to this, must have been influencing others against him…reason he probably found himself alone and kept to himself.

    This whole situation is how terrorism goes on in the world!

    People who think they are bigger and better than some others, then decide to harass the supposed small people till they feel worthless. When they start feeling worthless, then they feel there is no reason to be alive thus, they pick on bigger terrorist behaviour and do irrational things.

    But at the end of the day, everyone involved is a terrorist…The ‘SHE’ doctor, the people who joined her in making the killer worthless, and the killer. But the one who will be eventually tagged BAD is the killer because no one will be rational enough to see that he was terrorized too

    I PRAY THE WORLD BECOMES A LOVING PLACE!

    • Shao

      July 2, 2017 at 11:22 am

      Thank you x 100000000000000000 times.

      I speculate but relating it to what I see in practice. Once a nurse or doctor (who is mostly an indigene or well known and liked in the hospital) doesn’t like you that’s it for you. He/she will point out all your “mistakes,” exaggerate it, show your “incompetence,” etc, driving you into a deep place since everything you do will be under scrutiny. That’s not a place you want to be. It is actually bullying. Then add that to stress from work, law suits, subpoenas, abuse from patients and families alike, abuse from staff and colleagues, loss of patients, loss of loved ones and you were not there for them cos you’re too busy helping others, increasing divorce rates amongst doctors, loneliness since you are too busy to go out and find love – Suicide rate amongst doctors is increasing and here in the EU they are recognising this and once a doctor begins misbehaving you aren’t just fired – bye bye – they guide you through the right path to seek professional help – not leave you to deteriorate further. Like this doctor.

      Nobody in their right state of mind will commit suicide without unrecognised and untreated major depression. It’s sad that these people at his work place let him go without offering him help. The system failed him and his victims. Period!!!

      I don’t think we should move on without learning a thing or two from this incident. What do you do when a colleague is unstable????? Do you
      A). Fire him, anyways he’s rude.
      B). Get him professional help whilst you stop him from practicing temporarily.

      Choose one kindly.

    • FasholasLover

      July 2, 2017 at 12:40 pm

      @Shao & Siju, very well said. Life could be tough if you are the only person of colour in the mist of white people. It is survival of the fittest. You either swim or sink. The best option is to be the very best in your field that they have no choice but to court and respect you. Shame what happened to this guy. May the souls of the departed find rest.

    • evbrooks

      July 2, 2017 at 3:02 pm

      You really said it all.For people in the medical field, you know the stress, sacrifice and money involved in practicing medicine in the USA, especially for international medical graduates.

      Anyone that ever worked in an environment like the one he described will understand the pain he must have gone through ( not saying that justifies his actions, but one of the things i have come to learn in this life is this, you are only sure of your action, the other person’s reaction to your action is absolutely unknown to you. And you can not dictate the appropriate reaction, so be careful who you push to the edge).

      Rule of survival in such an environment especially if you are outside Nigeria is to smile ( fake smiling/politeness is the greatest tool you have in your box) , be the best “team” player you can be and remb what your final goal is. Avoid all confrontations at all cost, you might be right , but in most cases you are the one that can be easily let go esp if you are not a citizen.

      At the end of the day it is a tragedy for everyone involved.

    • R&B

      July 2, 2017 at 9:08 pm

      Most people must have experienced his situation at some point. I think he should have just resign even if it means moving to another state. As soon as he realise they’re ganging up on him, he should have just pretend like most of us has done in the past and put an application elsewhere. Knowing God and leaving everything to him is also a key to our problems.

    • Mz Socially Awkward....

      July 3, 2017 at 12:25 am

      @R&B, thank you. No excuses can be given for this.

      Should we all carry ammunition to our workplaces just because of the prejudice or bullying we’ve endured at the hands of certain individuals? And unless you’re in the very rare minority, I’m going to hazard that at least 97% of those of us career professionals who migrated from 3rd world countries to the West have had that experience.

      For myself, I had it when I worked in the minimum wage roles and I faced it when I worked in more professional roles. I recall my very early days in a certain company and one or two ghouls showed me….. i would go to the bathroom and cry. Hot tears. And then wonder why I was still there.

      The truth is that you have to chest and find ways to rise above it or resign. Pick a solution (one of the ghouls eventually got placed in a role where she was reporting to me…. the other was ingloriously dismissed….. karma). Violence (especially against innocent lives) can never be an option. We know it’ll be hard, we knew when we made that decision to relocate that there will be prejudice and narrow mindedness and negative factors. Chest it (& pursue a grievance against the party) or resign (& sue if you can…. often times, we have a good case) – those are our valid options.

  5. unadite

    July 2, 2017 at 8:49 am

    This has to be a mental case….Opening fire on defenceless colleagues. Look at his eyes closely, they are mean….

  6. Baba

    July 2, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Violence is never the answer.If you live in the western world,you would understand this.You will be made to feel included,yet isolated. Your ideas are discounted and you are never given a second chance.

    • nnenne

      July 3, 2017 at 4:41 am

      Truth is our world is not perfect.
      Once you leave your mother’s womb be prepared for anything.
      You need more than intelligence to survive in these jobs. especially , management and none union jobs.People want to protect their territorial integrity, which is normal. No one want to share. This happens even in Nigeria. Quota system and state of origin sound familiar?
      When you are out there, you need diplomacy! !!!
      Some one mentoned white people. I sincerely prefer them to some colored people.
      BTW, this happened in a mostly
      Black/ Hispanic neighborhood.

      Violence is never an answer to anything! !!
      Am glad he is not Igbo, because you all will saying different things now!
      May their souls rest in peace.

  7. MaMa

    July 2, 2017 at 11:23 am

    @nene NEVER judge a situation you’ve never been in!!!! You are so quick to conclude that he had a history of violence.
    If you’ve lived abroad and see how white people gang up against you, then you can maybe have a slight glimpse of what drove this man to murder/suicide.

    • Me

      July 2, 2017 at 12:39 pm

      African-Americans are worse!!

    • Ema

      July 2, 2017 at 2:52 pm

      Infact ordinary even when your mates or friends gang up against you in defence of each other, it is really a terrible place to be.
      Friends, acquintances, mates. I have been a victim of being ganged up against becos one person and i had a row.
      I can understand to an extent what this doctor has been through.

    • nene+

      July 2, 2017 at 3:14 pm

      @ mama why didn’t he come to Nigeria? Don’t some tribe gang up against others in Nigeria? Mtcheeew if I live abroad ko? Know your onions and you would be respected. Office politics is every where.
      Yorubas gang up against other tribes if you come across them in dominance and people don’t open fire. What the heck! If the kitchen is too hot………
      Sorry to the Yorubas but I hope you know what I mean!
      The guy needed a psychiatric. Not normal.

    • Ephi

      July 2, 2017 at 4:29 pm

      So only Yorubas gang up? Other tribes don’t in their own domains or states? Stop these hasty generalisations, not nice. Life is beyond Igbo vs Yoruba every damn time.

      May the souls of the deceased rest in peace.

    • nene+

      July 2, 2017 at 5:03 pm

      @ephi I think most non Yorubas see so. Your gang up no be here. Ask around.
      It’s is a feed back not a fight! Its not in any way a fight but a reality. Sorry friend.

    • tell em

      July 2, 2017 at 6:19 pm

      I knew he was going to be referred to as Nigerian born even though he carries an american passport..But on the other hand if He was being presented with a Nobel prize ….his nationality would have changed with automatic alacrity…lol

    • John Doe

      July 2, 2017 at 6:19 pm

      you’re a certified idiot, and a tribalistic fool. Next time, do not type if you know you have nothing sensible to type.

    • John Doe

      July 2, 2017 at 6:20 pm

      @nene

    • nene+

      July 2, 2017 at 7:00 pm

      @John doe. Take take vitamin tapia pia???.But your lots were criticising whitedoctors white people and you dint vomit ???curse words? Huuuuuh???????.
      It’s not that serious I love all tribes. At least you know that.
      You Yorubas if you are , are fantastic and part of the great country Nigeria.
      I just gave a little feed back no need to fight dude.
      ✌. Much respect…..

    • ema

      July 2, 2017 at 9:28 pm

      What is all this inferiority complex that ibos have when it comes to the yorubas?
      Half the time the yoruba man is not even thinking of you people. Ibos are so obsessed with their standing with yorubas.

    • Icrossmyheart

      July 2, 2017 at 10:44 pm

      @Ema hahahahahahahahaha one commenter makes a tribalist comment and you willingly dove head in to his or her stoop of poo to make yet another tribalist comment.

      If Igbos cared about Yorubas, they wont be successful in their businesses. I think comments online exaggerrate everything.

      Furthermore, you are more concerned with Igbos than @NENE because Nene could be from the North, South South, Middle Belt or even better YORUBA. But you concluded that she had to be Igbo.

      THAT IN WHICH YOU CONDEMN IN OTHERS, you condemn in yourself.

      That in which you praise in others, you praise in yourself.

    • I_I

      July 3, 2017 at 9:56 am

      LOL. I was going to type my experience working with some tribalistic Igbos, but nah, I wont descend to that level.

  8. Bruno

    July 2, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    I saw help in WEMA bank.

    • I_I

      July 3, 2017 at 9:59 am

      I saw wennn in Fidelity.

  9. Blessing

    July 2, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    Tragic. All round tragedy. Condolences to the bereaved. God’s healing!

    That said, I can only imagine the stress this guy may have felt. His English gives one the idea he may also have lacked eloquence and so may have been incapable of verbally taking his nemesis on. Already his grammar is commented on here, as if grammar does a good doctor make. As if the children of the poor with no access to private early schoolings, and so deficient in verbal communication, cannot be technically OK without the grammar. I remember the standards Jonathan as president was held to on this, despite being upfront on his deprived background.

    This guy probably snapped under racist onslaught that white people are so horribly adept at. No reason for his action, true, but we all don’t come blessed with equal inner strength. He is now a loser all round tragic.

    On Yoruba ethnicity, e no get part two. Igbo’s have no reason to envy Yorubas, they only get riled because it is destructive and retrogressive. We are at times forced to respond in kind, contrary to our nature and thereby wounding our souls through such out of character acts. But what do you do when you are the one who calls the whole Nigeria home, but this is seen as a weakness and you are constantly facing the monster at play?
    Have you worked with an organization where a Yoruba is head? They grab and grab up all opportunities, no apologies. Where they are not head, the scheming to take over can be deadly!

  10. wendy

    July 3, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    My Bro is a doc here in America. He tells me all the crazy shit that goes on with African Doctors. They are treated very poorly. Always thinking that African Docs are not qualified enough. A dummy Doc from Nowhere will come and supersede them overnight.

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