On March 18, 2012, Shrum, aged 29, was shot and killed on his way to work in Taizz, Yemen, by a gunman riding on the back of a motorcycle that had pulled up alongside his vehicle.
At the time of his death, Shrum worked at the International Training and Development Center as an administrator and English teacher. He was living in Yemen with his wife and two young children.
A few days after the attack, the terrorist organization al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) claimed responsibility for the murder.
The U.S. Department of State’s Rewards for Justice Program is offering a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to the arrest or conviction for those persons who committed, planned, or aided in the murder of American citizen Joel Shrum.