More on the Somali refugee news front! Eight months have passed and investigators still can’t get anyone to come forward in Seattle’s Somali community although law enforcement believes that lots of the former refugees know the murderer. By the way, the article doesn’t say where he is from, but judging by his name, it looks like the murder victim was another immigrant.
Somali community leaders blame the silence on the terrible experiences Somalis had in their homeland. That, in my opinion, is B.S. As we learned in Minneapolis, many of the Somali gang members have been raised since babies in the US.
From Seattle Weekly:
Paljor Thong was standing in an alley outside Afriq, a Skyway nightclub, when shots rang out. The 22-year-old was not normally one for carousing; according to members of his typically large Sudanese family, he preferred to spend evenings at their cramped but tidy South Seattle apartment. But on one cool Friday night last November, he opted instead to celebrate the arrival of the weekend with a trip to Afriq, a restaurant-cum-dancehall located just south of the Seattle city limits.
By last call, he’d be dead.
Almost eight months later, Thong’s murder remains unsolved. County investigators are convinced that the shooter was one of a group of 20-something Somali men who were at Afriq that evening. As the night headed into early morning, members of that group, sons of the tens of thousands of Somali immigrants who in recent years have flocked to south King County, got into a shoving match at the bar. After the club closed for the evening, the confrontation continued outside in the dimly-lit parking lot.
By the time the first 911 call was made at 2:10 a.m., what had begun as an argument over the use of the men’s bathroom* had erupted into a 20-person brawl in the middle of Renton Avenue South. According to detectives with the Sheriff’s Department’s Major Crimes Unit, a male suspect retreated to a red BMW to retrieve a handgun. He then turned back toward the club and fired five shots into the scrum. When deputies arrived minutes later, Thong was already dead, shot in the back as the assailant pursued him through an alley leading to a parking lot behind the club.
Read on, there is more.
So where does some poor impoverished refugee get a red BMW?
I’ve told you about Somali gang violence in Seattle previously. Here is an archive of all of our posts on the subject.
* I don’t know what the bathroom issue was in this case, but awhile back, reader Truth Serum sent us more information than you might want to know (here) about Muslim toileting techniques.
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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.