Seattle Muslims Say Somali Teen Was Pushed to His Death

Police call for patience during investigation into Hamza Warsame's fall off building
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 10, 2015 12:59 PM CST
The Space Needle in Seattle is shown on July 16, 2014.   (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

(Newser) – "Medics transporting a teenager with life threatening injuries to HMC after a fall of aprox 60ft from a roof on Summit Ave E," read a tweet from Seattle's fire department on Saturday, referring to 16-year-old Hamza Warsame, who died from injuries apparently sustained in that fall, the Seattle Times reports. Hamza—a Somali-American who attended a local high school but was also enrolled at Seattle Central College as part of an accelerated state program—fell off the balcony of an apartment near the college, and some in the city's Muslim community are now claiming he was beaten and pushed to his death by a white man, per the New York Times. The King County Medical Examiner hasn't released the cause or manner of death, the Seattle Times notes, but some are branding it a hate crime.

Recent attacks in the US and abroad have been exacerbated by statements in the political arena, especially from Donald Trump, who's said he'd support a database to track Muslims and that the US should ban all Muslims from entering. KUOW reports Hamza's parents say police have put forth a "minimal" response, and were told no one had been assigned to their son's case. "This really … angered the parents—why the police treat this case like it's nothing," the manager of Hamza's college program says. The Seattle PD is imploring the public to "be patient and avoid jumping to conclusions" while it investigates. Meanwhile, supporters of Hamza's family have set up a Facebook page and Twitter hashtag of #Justice4Hamza. "He was not suicidal," Hamza's sister tells the New York Times. "I want my brother's investigation to be put on a priority." (Read more Seattle stories.)

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