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Saturday, January 19, 2019

Last Wednesday, three young African men were murdered in their home, just blocks from Indiana Tech. The murders, which have been described as “mysterious,” much to the chagrin of the American Muslim community, are part of a wave of Islamophobic attacks around the country.

The three victims — Muhannad Tairab, age 17, Adam Mekki, age 20, and Mohamedtaha Omar, age 23 — were part of the primarily African Muslim diaspora in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The three lived in what local police have described as a party house — young people came and went frequently from the premises, which had at one point spurred police to monitor the home for gang activity, though they found none. Tiara and Omar were Muslims, while Mekki was Christian, according to the Washington Post.

The murders took place almost a year after the February 2015 Chapel Hill murders, in which Craig Stephen Hicks shot and killed newly-weds Deah Baraka and Yusor Abu-Salha, and her sister Razan Abu-Salha over a “parking dispute.”  Police autopsy reports said they were all killed in a similar manner, with shots to the head.

“People think back to the Chapel Hill murders where the family and Muslim community firmly believes it is a bias motive,” said Ibrahim Hooper, national communications director at the Council on American-Islamic Relations, to the Washington Post. “They look at this and see a similar kind of thing so that’s in everyone’s mind. It brings back those memories and concerns.”

And just like in the aftermath of last year’s shooting, when the hashtag #ourthreeheros was used to draw attention to the deaths at Chapel Hill, a similar one, #ourthreeboys, proliferated on the Twittersphere following the Indiana killings. The tweets called out the hypocrisy and lack of media coverage when the victims of a shooting are Muslim.

Johnetta Elzie, one of the leaders of the activist group We The Movement and coeditor of the Ferguson protest newsletter This Is the Movement, tweeted on February 28:

 

Twitter user Kd BHeart said:

Faiza N. Ali, formerly with CAIR’s New York Chapter, tweeted:

 

Generally, media coverage of the murders has been scant, as has any mention in headlines that the murder victims were Muslims. Fox News — the good people behind headlines like “Islamic group plans ‘million Muslim march’ on September 11” and “Murdered By Muslim Terrorists” — was decidedly cooler in its response to the killings: “Police Search For Answers After 3 Men Shot Execution-Style In Indiana.”

Breitbart News performed only slightly better, acknowledging that the victims were Muslim but resorting to using the word “mysterious” to describe the murders.

When the Muslims in question aren’t murder victims, Breitbart has an easier time: “Muslim and Gypsy Gangs Battle For Supremacy on Streets of Europe,” for example, or “As Jihad Advances, Huffington Post Still Pushing Muslim Victimhood Myth.”

Even among the mainstream press, mystery abounded: The New York Times wrote “Indiana Authorities Investigate 3 Fatally Shot in Home,” and the Washington Post, “The Mysterious ‘Execution-Style’ Killings Of Young Men In Indiana.”

Fort Wayne Safety Director Rusty York told local news, “Hopefully, you know, we’ll be able to focus in on exactly what the reason was, but as I said before, no reason to believe this was any type of hate crime, or focused because of their religion or their nationality whatsoever.” Local authorities, however, have not provided any alternative motive.

Just as the Chapel Hill murders were met with indifference last February, so too are the Fort Wayne killings. And in the current political atmosphere, Islamophobia, which has operated at a low level frequency since September 11, 2001, has become common place. Despite Donald Trump’s best attempts, the American media, mainstream or otherwise, can’t seem to look the issue square in the eye.

Three African men, one Christian and two Muslim, were killed execution-style in their home in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on the heels of the most nativistic presidential election in decades, and in a similar style to an Islamaphobic killing just a year ago. Calling it “mysterious” is an insult.

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25 responses to “The Killing Of Three African Men In Indiana Reopens Old Wounds For American Muslims”

  1. Phil Christensen says:

    OK, so are not allowed to entertain the possibility that they may have been killed by Radical Jihadists?

    • JPHALL says:

      Or Whites afraid of Black Muslims in their neighborhood.

      • Phil Christensen says:

        Which is in the venn diagram of possibilities, but given the odds…

        • JPHALL says:

          What odds? The odds of Jihadi terrorists killing non jahadi Muslims is a infinite degree lower than some good ole boys getting even with jihadis by killing any Muslim they could get at.
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          • “odds of Jihadi terrorists killing non jahadi Muslims is a infinite
            degree lower than some good ole boys getting even with jihadis by
            killing any Muslim they could get at”

            And the odds of the shootings being part of an internecine squabble are orders of magnitude greater than than either of those you mentioned.

          • JPHALL says:

            Nonsense! Let us speak truthfully here. Everything is not about jihad. It is much more likely that this is a non Muslim issue. It is either drugs, sex or hatred. Subject: Re: Comment on The Killing Of Three African Men In Indiana Reopens Old Wounds For American Muslims

          • “Everything is not about jihad”

            I absolutely agree, that is why I said that it is unlikely in the extreme (orders of magnitude…)

            ‘internecine squabble’ = ‘drugs, sex or [sectarian] hatred’, local thugfukery if you will.

      • Fort Wayne does not have much of a history of anti-Muslim activity.

        One wonders why people are not allowing LE to complete their investigation without second guessing them.

        Do you think the Christian among the 3 victims just got caught in the crossfire?

        • JPHALL says:

          No. What I am saying is that too little official info is coming out. Isn’t it funny that when a police officer gets killed there is all kinds of info but in cases like this nothing sometimes for months. Subject: Re: Comment on The Killing Of Three African Men In Indiana Reopens Old Wounds For American Muslims

          • “What I am saying is that too little official info is coming out”

            It has been less than a week, how quickly do you expect LE to complete this investigation? Have you heard whether or not the Sudanese community is cooperating with LE?

            The authorities are damned if they do, damned if they do not. Proceed with caution, not revealing every aspect of the case as it unfolds, and risk complaints such as yours, or disclose every tidbit in real time and risk the investigation and/or Hooper, et al, stirring the pot.

            “Isn’t it funny that when a police officer gets killed there is all kinds of info…”

            Borrrrring…

          • JPHALL says:

            Oh, another police apologist! Like I said earlier, why do the police give out all kinds of info and opinions when an officer is shot or killed? Because they control the investigation. Subject: Re: Comment on The Killing Of Three African Men In Indiana Reopens Old Wounds For American Muslims

          • Not at all. Just not a fan of the ‘it happens all the time’ mode of argument, sorry.

            Again, how quickly do you expect LE to complete this investigation?

            What should they have told us by now? You obviously have something in mind.

          • JPHALL says:

            Well since you can’t think of it yourself, how about were there any witnesses, fingerprints, pictures, recordings or other physical evidence? I hear this stuff from police daily.
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          • “witnesses, fingerprints, pictures, recordings or other physical evidence”

            I thought of all of those, and more, but the question remains why should LE release that information mid-investigation? Revealing the details of any of those could jeopardise the investigation witness info could put lives at risk.

            But you can take heart in this from the local paper:

            *****
            “A spokesman for the families of two of three young males killed by gunfire last week in Fort Wayne praised police and other authorities for the way they have treated the families and the Sudanese community.

            Abdelaziz Hassab, who described himself as a cousin of one of the homicide victims, also agreed with official statements from police that the killings do not appear to have been motivated by religious or political animosity. [Hassab would never make it at CAIR, obviously, this probably aggravated Douglas Hooper]

            “We have no reason to believe, at this point, that this is a religiously or politically motivated crime,” said Hassab. He spoke to reporters Tuesday evening in a press conference at the Universal Education Foundation Islamic Center, 2223 Goshen Road.

            Hassab specifically thanked Fort Wayne Police Chief Garry Hamilton for good communication with the families. Gohar Salam, president of the Universal Education Foundation Islamic Center, said after the press conference that Hamilton contacted leaders in Fort Wayne’s Muslim community shortly after the killings last week to offer any aid his department could in supporting the victims’ families.

            Hassab also thanked the Allen County Coroner’s Office for autopsying the victims in a “timely manner” so that their funerals could be held soon after their deaths, in accord with Islamic teachings.”
            *****

          • JPHALL says:

            Because that is what police always do in police killings. Both the killings of officers or when officers are killed are quickly spoken about by police. The victims of police killings are vilified while dead police officers are idealized. Not just the family of victims. This case, nothing.
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          • “Because that is what police always do in police killings.”

            Who said anything about police killings?

            The families are satisfied with, even laudatory of, the conduct of LE and the investigation thus far.

            Sorry that is not good enough for you.

          • JPHALL says:

            You and those like you, who always find excuses for police actions, are why despite testimony or videos cops get away with murder in this country. You hold the police to lower standards against common sense or the law.
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          • “You and those like you, who always find excuses for police actions”

            Again, who said anything about police actions? You seem to be conflating a miasma of feelings there.

            And also, again, I am sorry that the fact that the families say that they are satisfied with the progress of the investigation does not satisfy you.

            Perhaps they should take a few detectives off the case and direct them to keep the JPHALLs of the world in the loop.

          • There are reports of Mekki bringing a large sum of cash to the house, which was known by several others, and of a dice game gone bad.

          • JPHALL says:

            Reports by who? Is this the usual police response when they cannot solve a crime? You know, blame the dead victims? Subject: Re: Comment on The Killing Of Three African Men In Indiana Reopens Old Wounds For American Muslims

          • “Reports by who?”

            Reports in the media attributed to friends / associates of the deceased.

            “Is this the usual police response when they cannot solve a crime?”

            How quickly do you expect LE to solve this case? Clearly, you have a time frame in mind. It does not appear that the larger FW community is cooperating much; the local Crime Stoppers reported this weekend that they had received fewer than 5 calls.

            And who is ‘blam[ing] the dead victims’? Most homicide victims know their attackers, do they not? It should not be surprising if that turns out to be the situation here.

          • JPHALL says:

            I live in California where police blaming the victims is SOP. Right now we have three or four cases from last year where the victims, killed by the police, had been vilified. In many cases the video was withheld for a year while the investigation was conducted. Now the police are finally holding some of the officers responsible and asking a reluctant DA to file charges. In Compton, Ca. the case of a killed baby had the reported killer vilified by the police before he was determined to be innocent of the crime. All within a week. So time seems highly variable when the police are involved. Victims and suspects are vilified while the police give excuses. That is why I am impatient. Subject: Re: Comment on The Killing Of Three African Men In Indiana Reopens Old Wounds For American Muslims

  2. Otto Greif says:

    Who wants to bet they were murdered by one of their fellow blacks.

  3. Otto Greif says:

    Trying to blame this on Trump is pathetic.

  4. This is the first suggestion I have seen that the victims lived in the party house, that it was their “home”.. Did the 17 yo’s parents know that?

    And yes, one of them was Christian, the one without the Islamic given names. 2nd clue was that his funeral was not with the others’ on Saturday, but today.

    Btw, the first use of the word “mysterious” was by local press, not Breitbart. And it wil remain a mystery until the perps are identified.

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