3 Young Men Killed 'Execution-Style' in Indiana House

Police don't yet have reason to think it was a hate crime
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 28, 2016 5:55 AM CST
3 Young Men Killed 'Execution-Style' in Indiana House
Three young men were found dead of multiple gunshots in an abandoned house in Fort Wayne, Ind.   (Shutterstock)

Authorities in Indiana are investigating the "execution-style" deaths of two men and a teenager found inside a Fort Wayne home. The bodies of 23-year-old Mohamedtaha Omar, 20-year-old Adam Kamel Mekki and 17-year-old Muhannad Adam Tairab were found last week by police responding to a "problem unknown" dispatch. The Allen County Coroner's Office says they died of gunshot wounds, and the deaths have been ruled homicides. Police Chief Garry Hamilton tells WANE-TV each victim was shot multiple times. All the victims have roots in East Africa, but as Vox reports, York says police have "no reason to believe this was any type of hate crime, or focused because of their religion or their nationality whatsoever."

Fort Wayne Safety Director Rusty York tells WPTA-TV the residence where they were found was known as a party house for teens and young adults. "It had been a place where young people would go—there was no adult supervision," he said. "We were aware that this home had become a problem for the neighborhood." A relative of Omar and Tairab tells CNN, "They will always be remembered as good kids. We all came here to find like peace and security away from war zones. But the destiny waiting for us here is ... really crazy." (More murder stories.)

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