2013 has been a rough summer for the Somali-Minnesota community. Yesterday, Saynab Hussein pled guilty to perjury in federal court regarding a plot to support the terrorist organization “al Shabab.” For more information on this story, see the following link-
In addition to the ongoing terrorism investigation, there have also been at least four murders of Somali-Minnesotan men, shootings which police now say are part of an ongoing gang war. The two gangs, “The Somali Outlaws” and the “Madhibaan with Attitude,” or “MWA” have been fighting for years. The difference this summer is that the fatalities are higher, and more widely dispersed geographically.
On June 2nd, Mohamed Aden was fatally shot as he sat in his vehicle, parked outside a party near University and Lowry in Northeast Minneapolis.
On July 4th, Muhyadin Farah was fatally shot inside an apartment located at Lake Street and Grand Avenue in South Minneapolis.
On August 14th, the Burnsville Police department issued a press release regarding the shooting of two men, resulting in the death of one of them, Abdifatah Mahumod, 23. For more information about this homicide, see the following link-
The most recent murder was discovered yesterday morning shortly before 8:00 AM. Police were called to the 5700 block of Hamline, an upper middle class neighborhood in the sleepy town of Shoreview, after someone reported that a man appeared to be asleep in the middle of the road. When police arrived, they found the body of a Somali male, estimated to be in his 20s or 30s. He has not yet been identified by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner. The victim had been fatally shot, and it was determined that the gunshot wound could not have been self-inflicted. It was also determined that he was not shot where he lay, but killed elsewhere and transported to this location.
If you take a drive through this area, you’ll see that it’s the last place one would expect to find a victim of gang violence. Most of the neighborhoods are filled with tiny, quiet cul- de- sacs with names like “Springhaven Estates” or “Ravenshood.” The site where the body was found yesterday is adjacent to a peaceful nature reserve. However, if you look closely at the nature reserve sign, you can see “99” spray-painted on the surface. It is not known if this spray-paint has been there for a while, or if it may be some sort of gang signature painted by the very people who dumped the body. If so, this begs the question, why place the body there? Surely there is more risk of being caught if a person transports a body over a long distance rather than leaving the victim where he was killed, and in a quiet neighborhood such as this one, someone would have heard the gunshot if it had happened nearby. This suggests that the killer or killers may have deliberately moved the body in order to make some sort of point or leave some sort of message regarding their victim.
If you have any information regarding this homicide, including the possible identity of the victim, please call 651-767-0640. Or, you can always leave an anonymous tip with Crimestoppers.
Social service agencies are actively trying to help young Somali-Americans to acclimate to life in Minnesota and to lead a positive lifestyle, avoiding high-risk behaviors such as gang involvement. For more information about groups that seek to help Somali-Minnesotans, see the following links-
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