Buffalo: Somali immigrant ties up 10-year old stepson, beats to death

Religion of Peace and failed “refugee” resettlement program update via ‘I don’t want to go back with him’ – East Side – The Buffalo News.

“In talking to investigators, I was told it was one of the most grisly crime scenes that they can remember, and some have been here 40 years.”

Ten-year-old Abdifatah Mohamud was running for his life down Sycamore Street at about 5 p.m. Tuesday when a concerned neighbor stopped to try to help.

Seeing the boy’s stepfather chasing after him, the neighbor helped the man, Ali Mohamed Mohamud, catch up with the child.

The boy didn’t want to go home with Mohamud.

“I told the boy, ‘Daddy promises nothing is going to happen,'” the neighbor later told The Buffalo News.

“The boy said to me: ‘No, he always says that.'”

Less than six hours later, Abdifatah was dead, brutally beaten, and his stepfather, Ali Mohamed Mohamud, was under arrest.

The boy was tied to a chair with duct tape, a sock stuffed in his mouth, and he was beaten with a stick or blunt object in the basement of their Guilford Street home, near the Broadway Market, authorities said.

The stepfather was angry because the boy, a fifth-grader at the International Preparatory School on Clinton Street, had fallen behind in his homework, law enforcement officials said.

The neighbor, a mother of young children, sobbed as she recalled how she intervened, persuading the boy to go with his stepfather and even driving them back to their house.

“Your daddy says everything will be OK,” the neighbor recalled telling the boy, asking that her name not be published. “I may have been the last person to see that little boy alive.”

During the short ride home, she said, the stepfather offered repeated assurances that Abdifatah would be fine.

“I told the boy, ‘You go home, and if something does happen, you let me know tomorrow morning,'” the neighbor said.

Mohamud, 40, a native of Somalia who has been in the United States for a decade, was charged with second-degree murder. Police investigators were shocked over the viciousness of the beating, according to Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda, who struggled Wednesday to find words to comment on the case.

“Every homicide is bad, but it is particularly hard to deal with for first responders, police and others, when it is a 10-year-old child,” Derenda said. “In talking to investigators, I was told it was one of the most grisly crime scenes that they can remember, and some have been here 40 years.”

Erie County Assistant District Attorney Thomas M. Finnerty, at Mohamud’s arraignment Wednesday, told City Judge Diane Wray that Mohamud admitted beating his stepson to death.

“The defendant admitted he tied up his 10-year-old stepson, admitted that he put a sock in his mouth, put duct tape over the mouth and beat him to death with a stick or similar blunt object,” Finnerty said.

Ferry Fillmore District Police Officer Christopher Fields, responding to a call from the boy’s mother of a missing person, entered 30 Guilford St. at about 10:40 p.m. Tuesday and searched the house.

In the basement, he found the child’s body, partially hidden under a blanket.

Mohamud, a security guard who is employed by U.S. Security Associates and worked at The Buffalo News, fled from the house in a red Subaru Forester and called his work supervisor, asking him to meet him at the newspaper.

The supervisor tried to find out what was wrong during the phone call, but Mohamud refused to say, according to a report the supervisor later filed.

At 11 p.m., the two met at the newspaper, and Mohamud confessed to the killing, according to the supervisor’s report.

“I have a lot of problems and killed one of my kids,” Mohamud told the supervisor, according to his report.

Mohamud had come to The News to remove his possessions from his work locker, the supervisor reported.

Police in the area spotted Mohamud’s vehicle parked near The News building and approached the Scott Street entrance.

The supervisor told police that Mohamud was in the building and led them to him in the locker room. Mohamud then stood up, and police handcuffed him.

At Buffalo Police Headquarters, Mohamud cooperated with Detective Sgt. James Lonergan and provided police with a statement “indicating his involvement in the death of his stepson,” Detective Chief Dennis J. Richards said.

But none of this could comfort the neighbor who had tried to help the boy she spotted running down Sycamore with his school knapsack.

“It wasn’t normal,” the neighbor recounted. “I was trying to pull over, but there was traffic behind me. Then I saw his father on the other side of Sycamore. He was running after him and trying to stop cars to get across the street and catch him.”

When the traffic had finally passed her eastbound car on Sycamore, she swung around and drove up to the stepfather, heading toward Jefferson Avenue.

“I asked, ‘What’s going on?’ and he said his son was running away and he was trying to catch him. He asked if I would give him a ride, and I did. He said he didn’t want anything to happen to him.

“We spotted the boy on Jefferson, and he was trying to jump over a fence. The father got out of the car and held him by the hand. The boy said to me he wanted to go to a family member’s house on Auburn Avenue.

“He said: ‘I don’t want to go back with him.’ He would not sit in the back seat of the car with his father. He said he wanted to sit in [the] front seat next to me. I told him, ‘You come home with me and we’ll wait for your mother, or if you have the phone number, we’ll call your family on Auburn.'”

At that point, the neighbor, an immigrant from Africa like the Mohamuds, said the boy calmed down a little.

By 5:20 p.m., she said, she had pulled up in front of the boy’s house, and the stepfather and boy went inside.

The neighbor sobbed Wednesday recounting the episode.

Mohamud is married to the boy’s mother, Shukri, and both have children from previous relationships for a total of six children, according to police, neighbors and acquaintances.

Richards declined to comment on a motive, but neighbors said the father could be very strict, especially when it came to the youngsters doing their homework.

“The father wanted him to study and study. He told me, ‘I check his homework every night, and his grades are going down,'” said Tariq Butt, whose family watched Abdifatah’s two younger siblings after their brother’s body was discovered.

Butt, an acquaintance of the Mohamud family, said the stepfather had confided in him that he was upset with Abdifatah for falling behind in his homework.

“I always had this feeling that the father was strict,” Butt said, and added that Abdifatah was a well-behaved youngster.

Back on Guilford Street, as neighbors congregated throughout the day to discuss the death, Johnny Alexander, a longtime Guilford resident, offered this explanation for a killing that defied logic:

“You just never know what’s going on in people’s homes.”

Mohamud is scheduled to return to City Court at 2 p.m. Monday for further proceedings. In the meantime, he is being held without bail in the Erie County Holding Center.

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39 thoughts on “Buffalo: Somali immigrant ties up 10-year old stepson, beats to death

  1. These SMALI’S are nothing but ANIMALS! Why they were ever let into this country is beyond all apprehension. After what happened to our troops in SAMALI these people should never been given acces to this country. PEACE LOVING, Ya, a piece of you and me!!!

    • I swear in this world there are blind people. Do you think America is a perfect country that doesn’t start anyone of the wars in the world? Who was the first to throw a nuclear bomb in Japan Hiroshima? Obviously America. Why do you think America wants to take over Somalia because of the oil & coastline they have. America are the terrorist in suits because they are white. Why are the troops in Afganistan to protect America? No, so they could take their oil & make an excuse as we are trying to make it a peaceful country when they are ones destroying it. Actually the real selfish animal are these American people that say we are trying to make peace. When they are ones that started the war first of all. Lastly Samali is spelled as Somali check your spelling. We aren’t animals one actions doesn’t determine everyone else actions.

        • just like you nuked japan? (a) ….sigh! than your not really any better than them -_- and about the Somalian pirates…..I suggest you do a little research on that too. you have your share of fucked up people in every country man. some of them just want to have a better life here,others are just plain retards what can I say?

      • So true, I listen to my friends descriptions of how her G.Grandmother was taken in as a baby by another family after a death march, and the museums photos of her Grandmothers cruel treatment, the schools the kids were shipped away to. She describes her neighbors who wont try to speak her language, yet have more rights than she does, in her own native land. I have seen how people use evolution as an excuse to why we extinguish the weaker species. I listen to others describe the love of the land, describe their peoples beliefs and how twisted and unfair even their own people can be and their own helpless trapped feeling for speaking out. I see slavery everywhere in our past, in many Countries people were cruel because they didn’t like a tribe, even if they were of the same color. I saw genocides before and after Hitler, do you know where and why? In the past the Japanese tortured people who spoke up with death by a thousands cuts, look it up. The Japanese people and their leaders would fight until the last man, woman, and child were dead, even by suicide in honor. American democracy at least gave Japan a warning and they still wouldn’t surrender. Even after the first atomic bomb, the Japanese government or God/ leader still refused to surrender so the innocent as usual are slaughtered. One cannot help but wonder where all humanity would be today had these angry bitter men ruled the world. Maybe we would have just finished ourselves off completely sooner, because I believe were committing global suicide if we all dont change attitudes soon. So another bomb finally made us all criminals. What a horrible price to pay for all of us and STILL we miss the point of the greatest enemy of all. We point fingers and miss how disgusting we all are treating one another and hurt the innocent to justify our own means. I notice the ones swearing, insults, and justifications of what ever it is they do to others, because someone else did it before ‘attitudes’. This only shows me no one grew up, and who the real criminals are. It was not everyone’s choice to be brought to America, but the rest of us are born here and were all suppose to be born loved by our parents, not taught to hate, hit, hurt, blame. Even a God cannot place boundaries on wrong or right without a man coming along and wanting more. Everyone should be free to live without being beaten to death, or brought up to live in fear because they are not as big or strong as the ones brought up stronger. This is not evolution, or Gods way. Or is it? In the end were going to die out unless we change.P.S. – My uncle married someone from Iran, it was not nice when young white men barked at her. It was also not nice when a car full of men in turbans tried to run me off the road with my baby because … who knows , because I sure didn’t. I have seen so many things, I truly hope people start looking rather than just Bi***ing. As far as this poor kid…. no words to describe this slaughter.

  2. Truly dreadful.

    Are the surviving siblings also to meet the same fate? He will likely go to prison, become more reclacitrant and be back on the streets of his community.One wonders if the community can support this kind of heinous behavious.

    When convicted, there should be but one choice: death penalty or enforced, one-way permanent patriation to homeland. He does not deserve to remain among civilized people.

    One can but be depply saddened byhtis senseless, tragic loss of a .life so young!

    • Someone needs to tie his sorry azz to a chair and ask his neighbors to do repetitive drum solos on every inch of his worthless carcass. THen ship him back to the hellhole he came from.

      • Actually, Anonymous, Allah had EVERYTHING to do with it. Muslims think that everything that happens is the will of Allah.

    • What the hell are you smoking? You so ignorant ” John Daniels” doesnt mean that he bruttly killed his stepson that he will receive a noble peace prize. Islam is not a cruel religion it’s a beautiful religion. So who cares his a Muslim, how many non- Muslims people kill their children their own flesh and blood.

      • Yea, alot of people kill other people but only Muslims do it in the name of Allah! Beautiful religion my ass! Mohammad was a pedophile as are so many of Islamic men. Not to mention the fact that they are sodomites! Nothing beautiful about a dirty bootie hole mister!

        • I suggest you stop bringing religion into this. there is nothing in the article that says he did it because he is Muslim. It is a beautiful religion and don’t let a bunch of fools make you belief it isn’t. go read books on it and proof me wrong -_- ( unless you choose to stay ignorant, in that case i won’t waste my time) and if you want to make Islam the issue here, I guess Jesus is the reason a lot of native Indians were killed. and Jesus was the cause of Hiroshima too right? man if you want to proof a point base it on facts. otherwise stop hating, it wont lead you anywhere good.

  3. Obviously the kid was “half white”, being a step child, the asshole parent had no qualms about beating him to death! This fucker should be immediately hung!

    • No, I don’t think the mother is “white” (Caucasian/American) – she has a very African/Muslim-sounding name (Shukri, or something like that); but it IS difficult to determine the race (full- or half-African) from that one photo of that darling boy. At some point the step-father crossed over from just being muzzie to being violently paranoid as well. He might have been suffering from depresssion, too, which could explain his sudden bursts of anger. All the way around, however, it’s VERY tragic and is just another example of too many bad immigrant apples that have settled here in the States. Stop all immigration from Somali – PRONTO!!

    • More of that kind of punishment would make the sicko B’s Stop and think. I doubt it these people are way off base in what they think punishment will be after death,


      • We are demanding that they be deported. Obama will see that that won’t happen, and YOU WILL LIKE IT or be labed a racist bigot.

      • your ignorant too for thinking a whole nation of SIX million people are just plain ignorant -_____- No, let’s be fair if you want to stop immigration from Somalia then we should stop immigration from every other country too. As a matter of fact lets all go back to where we came from -_- you won’t fix shit with only taking one group of people out… and I promise you where he’s going is no rainbows and butterflies. Trust when I say he’s going to be forever tortured :D in prison and in the here after -__- so go carry on with your life.

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  6. If Obama had a son would he look just like this boy? Probably not because a Muslim killed him instead of a “white hispanic”. The hypocricy is unbelievable! Also, what a stupid neighbor. When a child appears terrified of an adult a red flag should go up. It is different than defiant. She’ll have to live with that guilt forever. All she had to do was listen to the cues. Poor little boy. And I agree that we need to keep these pigs out of our country and deport the ones already here. But as long as BO is in the White House that won’t happen.

  7. And CIAR will claim that the father committed this act because he is a victim of American bigotry in 3, 2, 1…

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