FBI Investigating Hate-Crime In Fatal Hit-And-Run Of Muslim Boy

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BY MATT CAMPBELLTHE KANSAS CITY STAR

The Somali Center of Kansas City at Admiral Boulevard and Lydia Avenue

The Somali Center of Kansas City at Admiral Boulevard and Lydia Avenue ROBERT A. CRONKLETON THE STAR

The FBI announced Friday it was investigating the fatal, and apparently intentional, hit-and-run incident that killed a 15-year-old Muslim Somali boy as a potential hate crime.

The boy, identified by police Friday as Abdisamad Sheikh-Hussein, was killed early Thursday evening as he was leaving the Somali Center of Kansas City at Admiral Boulevard and Lydia Avenue.

“We’re working jointly with the Kansas City Police Department,” said FBI spokeswoman Bridget Patton, “but we have opened this as a civil rights investigation into a potential hate crimes violation.”

A Kansas City Muslim group and a Kansas group with ties to a national organization called Friday for such a federal probe following the boys death in what witnesses told police appeared to be a deliberate attempt to strike the teenager with an SUV about 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Abdisamad, a sophomore at Staley High School in Kansas City, Kan., had his legs nearly severed in the incident Thursday and he was taken to Children’s Mercy Hospital where he died, a dispatcher confirmed.

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