By Heather Hollingsworth, AP
KANSAS CITY, Missouri–Friends of a Muslim teenager who was run down and killed in a crash that’s being investigated as a possible hate crime said they had been alarmed in recent weeks by someone driving around with anti-Islamic messages painted on a vehicle.
Police have not said whether the crash and the messages are connected and there’s no mention of them in court records. But people at the Somali Center of Kansas City say they were alarmed enough to call police.
Ahmed H. Aden, 34, of Kansas City, was charged Friday in Jackson County with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the crash that fatally injured 15-year-old Abdisamad Sheikh-Hussein on Thursday night at the center. Funeral services for Abdisamad are scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at the Islamic Society of Greater Kansas City.
According to a probable cause statement, Aden was driving the sport utility vehicle that hit the teen as the boy got into a car Thursday evening. A witness reported seeing the teen ��fly through the air�� before the SUV ran over him. The teen’s legs were nearly severed, and he died in a hospital of his wounds.
Prosecutors are requesting a US$250,000 bond. No attorney is listed for Aden in online court records.