Man Intentionally Rams Missouri Teen With SUV, Kills Him Because He Was A Muslim
A 15-year-old boy died after losing too much blood when his legs were severed in what police believe was an intentional attack because of the victim’s Muslim faith, outside the Somali Center of Kansas City Thursday evening.
[su_center_ad]Abdisamad Sheikh Hussein, who goes by the name “Adam” was getting into a car outside the Somali Center when he was hit by a man driving an SUV at about 5:30 p.m. Thursday, WDAF reports.
Adam was rushed into surgery at a local children’s hospital but did not survive.
His family says he was brain-dead and they decided to take him off life support.
“It became pretty clear that this was not an accidental crash, there is a considerable amount of evidence that leads us to believe it was intentional,” Sergeant Bill Mahoney with KCPD said.
Some witnesses reported that the suspect has a history of hating Muslims and he’s gone as far as pointing a gun at them while threatening to kill them because of their religion.
The FBI has opened the case as a Federal Civil Rights investigation and potential Hate Crime violation.
“A month or two ago he came to the Somali mall, two blocks from here. Things got bad, they started arguing and he pulled a gun,” Abdul Mohamed, a man who knows the victim, said.
Megan Brilley said that Adam Hussein is the son of the Somali Center’s leader.
“Our family is very destroyed at what happened. He’s a sweet, loving kid. He doesn’t deserve this,” Khadra Dirir, the victim’s aunt, said. “I’m pretty sure it’s a hate crime from things I’ve been hearing. I hope that someone brings him to justice.”
The suspect was taken to jail although, he did try to leave the scene.
“He tried to leave the scene but couldn’t get anywhere in the vehicle. He bailed out of it, started running eastbound and was apprehended by officers,” Sgt. Mahoney said.
“He can exercise his First Amendment, but him actually come and try to run over kids, that’s just ridiculous. Like who does that?” Khadra Dirir said.
Another teen in the vehicle was not suffer life threatening injuries in the attack.
Friday is a worldwide day of congregational prayer for Muslims and some were out early Friday morning at Admiral Blvd and the Paseo, where the prayer center is located.
The Heartland Muslim Council released a statement overnight which read, in part:
“Kansas City Muslim community is deeply shocked at the hit and run, apparently intentional assault last evening outside a mosque on Admiral Boulevard in Midtown Kansas City. The attack resulted in the death of a teenager and serious injuries to another teenager. Our thoughts and prayers for the victims and their families and friends.”
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