Apparently regularly stymied by the unwillingness of anyone in the Somali “community” to talk, Minnesota prosecutors managed to get a conviction against a Somali, former refugee,* for murdering another Somali, former refugee, in what is being described as gang and clan related violence. From the Minneapolis Star Tribune:
A 23-year-old Richfield man was found guilty Friday in Hennepin County District Court of what police said was a misdirected revenge killing outside a south Minneapolis mall that is popular with Somali immigrants.
A jury convicted Hassan Mohamed Abdillahi of second-degree murder in the shooting death of 21-year-old Abdishakur Adan Hassan, of Minneapolis, on Sept. 29 at the Village Market Mall.
According to the charges, Abdillahi wanted revenge for the April 2008 shooting death in Minneapolis of his cousin, but because he believed the shooter had fled the country, he killed that man’s friend instead.
Cycle of violence will continue.
It’s a cycle of violence that Hassan’s sister, Deka Hassan, said likely won’t end soon, but the conviction of the man she said murdered her brother in cold blood shows that Somalis and their families will not be intimidated. [Good for this brave woman to stand up to the Somali men!]
The killing was part of what authorities and community leaders called a disturbing string of crimes in the Somali community. Outrage flared again last month when second-degree murder charges against 17-year-old Ramadan Shiekh Osman were dropped. That happened after witnesses recanted their statements about what they saw the night a 20-year-old Augsburg College student Ahmednur Ali was shot and killed. That killing happened seven days before Hassan’s.
“Witnesses wouldn’t cooperate; witnesses didn’t come forward; witnesses had to be arrested,” Connors said. “And despite being arrested, one witness still would not testify. The witnesses that did testify showed great courage.”
We have written many times about Somali gang violence in cities with large Somali populations—Minneapolis, Seattle and Columbus. Even Salt Lake City is seeing an increase in Somali gangs.
*To new readers:
The US State Department has admitted over 80,000 Somali refugees to the US in the last 25 years and then last year had to suspend family reunification because widespread immigration fraud was revealed through DNA testing.