halal market shooting update – arrests

AbuS and I went to a somali mall on Friday night to pray maghrib and do some browsing while waiting for the work day commuter traffic to die down.  There were several police officers there, seeking help to catch the killers of the 3 muslim men who were murdered in cold blood on Wednesday.  Alhamdulilah, it looks like it worked.

Somali community helps police round up two suspects in triple slaying

The second arrest came late Saturday when a 17-year-old boy from Minneapolis turned himself in to investigators with family members by his side, Capt. Amelia Huffman said at a news conference that included Police Chief Tim Dolan and Mayor R.T. Rybak.

Earlier Saturday, a 17-year-old boy, also of Minneapolis, was taken into custody in connection with the shooting deaths of three East African men at Seward Market & Halal Meat in Minneapolis’ Seward neighborhood.

“I think that folks — broadly speaking — in Minneapolis were outraged by this incident and that was certainly true in the Seward neighborhood and the among the Somali families who live there,” Huffman said. “We had great communication, and we had tips that were flooding in from all parts of the community. And, indeed, we were able to track down the first suspect with the aid of people in the community.”

The family of the second suspect brought the boy in to the Third Precinct police station, Huffman said, “because they want to do the responsible thing and participate in the criminal justice system so that he can be answerable for the allegations that he was involved in this crime. And I think that is incredibly significant.”

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A memorial fund for the families of the victims of Wednesday’s shooting has been set up by Seward Redesign and Seward Neighborhood Group. Donations can be dropped off at Seward neighborhood businesses, taken or mailed to Seward Redesign, 2619 E. Franklin Av., Minneapolis, 55406; or deposited at the local Wells Fargo branch office at 2600 Franklin Av.

Checks should be made out to the “Seward Market Memorial Fund.”

Seward won’t let shootings steal corner

The bright green awning went up this summer. The battered skeleton of a sign was replaced with a new one, and the faded stucco building got a fresh coat of paint and new lights.

Faysal Warfa wanted to make the small grocery store on the corner of 25th and Franklin more welcoming, not only to the large number of East African residents who live in the Minneapolis neighborhood, but to everyone who passed.

The store is one of four markets that catered to Africans along the avenue, and Warfa wanted this one to stand out. He competed for, and won, a $10,500 grant from Redesign Inc., a community development nonprofit, and the city to improve the facade of his business because, as he told a community newsletter in May, he had high hopes Seward would flourish.

“Business is good,” he said at the time.

During the “Franklin Frolic” neighborhood promotion, Warfa and his partners even served free Somali baked goods to curious passersby, a friendly attempt to reach out to non-African customers.

To neighborhood leaders, Warfa’s transformation of the corner was another sign of progress. Seward Co-op had moved and expanded to a sparkling new location. Worku Mindaye took over their old space and expanded his bakery. Koyi Too Sushi restaurant opened just a few weeks ago.

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