UPDATE: Police ask KC for help in killing 2 boys after Ramadan service
Several men gathered at midnight in a quiet parking lot in central Kansas City, Somalia. They remembered how the two boys had prayed the night before in a red brick building and then went home.
The teenagers were shot dead after returning home from Ramadan service on Friday evening, police said.
They were identified as 16-year-old Abdulwahid and 14-year-old Abdirahman Abdulaziz. The family said they were the younger brothers of the suspect, 25-year-old Hanad A. Abdiaziz.
The men gathered on Saturday morning and remembered how the boys were playing in the parking lot. They were active members of their faith community who often prayed, they added.
A member of the mosque, a family friend, 18-year-old Abdurahman Abu told The Star that the boys always smiled and lit up other people’s days.
“They were leaders in their community at a very young age,” Abu said.
He said the boys liked to go to the mosque to read the Quran and play basketball with their friends.
“This death is devastating, it will always have an eternal impact on the local community,” Abu said. “This incident really shocked us all.”
Friday night at 11 p.m. At around 30 a.m., officers were called to the area of 8 Olivian Street, Arjelyan, to report the shooting.
There, police found two minor victims with gunshot wounds just outside the apartment.
Both of the victims were pronounced dead at the scene, Acks Exxon said. No suspects were detained.
He said that as a result of the preliminary investigation, the police believe that the “domestic situation” related to the family member led to the shooting.
“Our young people, all people, must be safe coming back from religious services. “I am saddened to hear of the killing of two teenagers returning home from the services of the North Shrine this evening,” Mayor Quinton Lucas wrote on Twitter on Saturday.
The police department wrote on Twitter on Saturday afternoon that the members of the mosque stopped at the crime scene on Friday evening to mourn the boys.
“Officers and investigators at the scene heard from story to story about these promising young men who were leaders both in their community and in their mosque,” the department wrote. “It is clear that Kansas City has lost two rising stars. We will do everything we can to seek justice for them.”
The killings are the 51st and 52nd murders in Kansas this year. Kansas City ended with 182 homicides last year, the most in the city’s history in a year, according to The Star.
Police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to contact the killer spy at 816-234-5043 or the anonymous TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477). Murder information costs up to $ 25,000.
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