Three Sudanese immigrants who came to America with their families to find “peace and security,” were found shot to death last week. The bodies of the young men, shot “execution style,” were discovered in an abandoned residence in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Police found the bodies of Mohamedtaha Omar, 23; Adam Kamel Mekki, 20; and Muhannad Adam Tairab, 17, at an abandoned house owned by an absentee landlord in Indianapolis, and known to be a hangout spot for younger immigrants living in the area, the Associated Press reports.
Public Safety Director Rusty York told WANE the victims had been shot multiple times in “execution-style” killings. But he also said that authorities are not yet investigating the shooting as a hate crime: “We don’t believe that’s the case at all.” Police Chief Garry Hamilton said that the three were not known to have been involved in any gang activity. He also speculated that there was likely more than one person involved in the shooting.
The three were not known to be involved in any criminal activity, or gangs. “They will always be remembered as good kids,” said a relative. “Always have been diligent to help their families and look for a better future.”
Two of the three victims were laid to rest over the weekend.