Authorities in Indiana are investigating the deaths of two young black Muslim men and one young black Christian man, who were murdered “execution-style” and found by police in a house in Fort Wayne on Feb. 24.
The three victims were identified as 17-year-old Muhannad Tairab, 20-year-old Adam Mekki and 23-year-old Mohamedtaha Omar. The men reportedly came to American from Africa’s eastern Sahel region, and were shot multiple times according to police reports.
The victims were discovered in a residence that police referred to as a “party house” on East Lewis Street. The Allen County Coroner’s Office announced the men had died of gunshot wounds and ruled the deaths homicides.
The home where the victims were found was a place Fort Wayne police seen as a gang and violent crimes unit. The victims did not have any known gang affiliations. Both Police Chief Garry Hamilton and Public Safety Director Rusty York said authorities were “pretty certain” the three victims were not targeted for their religion.
While the authority’s claim this wasn’t a hate crime, critics on social media believe the link between the men’s religion and their deaths was too coincidental. The victims’ supporters began using the hashtag: #OurThreeBoys.
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Source: The Washington Post