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Augsburg student gunned down in Minneapolis

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MINNEAPOLIS -- A shooting in Minneapolis has claimed the life of an Augsburg College student. The shooting happened outside the Coyle Community Center in Currie Park just after 5 p.m. Monday night.


Currie Park is in the 400 block of 15th Avenue South in the Cedar/Riverside area of Minneapolis.


Somali Justice Advocacy Center spokesperson Omar Jamal told KARE 11 the victim was 20-year-old Ahmed Ali, a student at Augsburg College.


Jamal says Ali was leaving after his shift when he was gunned down.


Ali tutored Somali children at the community center.


Jamal also says Ali grew up in Columbia Heights


Minneapolis Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call the Minneapolis Police Department tip line at 612-692-tips (8477).


Police have not made any arrests.


(Copyright 2008 by KARE. All Rights Reserved.)

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Somali college volunteer shot to death in Minneapolis


The 20-year-old man was shot on his way home from the Coyle Community Center in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood.




A young man shot and killed Monday on the street in front of a community center in Minneapolis' Cedar-Riverside neighborhood was a college student who volunteered at the center, according to people at the scene.


Minneapolis police spokesman Sgt. Jesse Garcia said the man, whom police did not identify, was shot shortly after 5 p.m. and died at the scene. No arrests had been made as of Monday evening.


Omar Jamal, executive director of the Somali Justice Advocacy Center, identified the victim as 20-year-old Ahmed Nur Ali, a freshman at nearby Augsburg College in Minneapolis.


"He was going home" from his volunteer gig at the Brian Coyle Community Center when he was shot, said Mustafa Jumale, 20, a friend of the victim.


The neighborhood is home to many Somali immigrants, and the center and nearby Currie Park are popular gathering places for many community residents.


Garcia said that detectives did not know what led to the shooting and that it was "too early" to determine whether it might be related to previous shootings linked to gang rivalries.


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.


Somali cultural and religious customs call for a quick burial when possible.


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.


"This is a sad moment for the community," Jamal said.


Police interviewed witnesses after the shooting and said they would look at tapes from security cameras in the area.


"Somebody knows what happened," said Inspector Janee Harteu, commander of the city's First Precinct. "We need them to come forward."

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Illah kuu naxariisto Xaji Nur, what a tragedy, what a loss to the community, may allah have mercy on him for he died on this holy month of Ramadan.


May Allah ease his families pain.

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ilaahay ha u naxariisto sabar iyo imaana dadkiisa haka siiyo..


am wondering what's going in mn honestly? the somali community must come together and solve whatever issue thats going on...subhanalah!!

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