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Somali college sudent shot and killed In Minneapolis

A freshman at Augsburg College was shot and killed Monday as he walked home from volunteering at a community center located in Minneapolis’ Cedar-Riverside neighborhood.

Minneapolis police responded to the call of a reported shooting near the Brian Coyle Community Center where Ali volunteered on a regular basis, shortly after 5 p.m.

The 20-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to a report from the Star Tribune, “Family members who gathered at the site were upset that the victim's body remained outside the center for hours after the shooting as police conducted their investigation.? Because of the “cultural and religious customs? of Somalis, quick burials are preferred whenever possible.

Salma Hussein, a member of the University of Minnesota Student Association told the Minnesota Daily that, “all members of the [Somali Student Association] returned to the scene of the shooting around 8 p.m. Monday and attended an on-scene lecture by a St. Paul Imam—a community Islamic leader—stressing non violence.?

The Star Tribune reports that Minneapolis police Sgt. Jesse Garcia said that detectives are unsure of what led to the shootings and that it was “too early? to know if this shooting was connected to other shootings in the area associated with gang rivalries.

According to the Minnesota Daily, Omar Jamal, executive director of the Somali Justice Advocacy Center said that “no one would have had a reason to kill Ali.?

Augsburg College as well as community members gathered Tuesday in remembrance of Ali at the Foss Chapel.

As of Sunday no arrests have been made.

While both news accounts reported the same crucial facts to the story, I noticed that the Star Tribune’s story added an important element to its story by including the effect of the shooting on the Cedar-Riverside and Augsburg communities in its story. The Star Tribune also gives the reader information about the Somali population in that area.
With stories like these, an eye witness account adds depth to the story, and the Star Tribune included that; “Two women who identified themselves as Ali's sisters wept and embraced as they stood near the yellow tape police used to secure the area. They would not talk to reporters. Other relatives also declined to be interviewed and asked reporters to respect their privacy.?

I found it interesting that the Daily did not mention the role that gang rivalry among Somalis might have played in this case since the issue is not only something that Minneapolis has been dealing with for almost a year, but it’s on campus. In my opinion, The Daily should have written a follow up story like the Star Tribune.