Friends gather to remember murdered Augsburg student

9:18 PM, Sep 23, 2008   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Everyday at 11:20 am, students at Augsburg College in southeast Minneapolis, attend a chapel service on campus. "We felt that it was probably more powerful to think of it as a gathering," says Mohamed Sallam, Director of the Pan-African Center at Augsburg College On Tuesday, students filed in at the same time they always do, but with something much different on their minds. 20-year-old Ahmed Ali, a Somali American and third year political science student at Augsburg, was shot and killed Monday. Fellow students and friends remembered his life at the chapel service on Tuesday. "The only thing I know is he was a nice boy and a nice friend," says Leyla Mire, Ahmed's friend. The shooting happened Monday afternoon, just blocks from campus in front of the Coyle Community Center. Ahmed worked as a gym attendant and computer lab assistant. It was his first day on the job as a work study student. Police say he was killed out on the street. The Cedar-Riverside neighborhood is the heart of the Minneapolis Somali community. Several people saw the shooting happen, but it's been difficult police say, to get anyone to talk about it. "There is some hesitancy for them to come to the police, there is a language barrier, we are trying to bridge that gap and having them trust the police much more so they can come to us," says Sgt. Jesse Garcia with the Minneapolis Police Department. Minneapolis Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call the Minneapolis Police Department tip line at 612-692-tips (8477). Police have not made any arrests. A funeral for Ali was planned for Tuesday. Pillsbury United Communities has established a fund to help Ahmed's family with funeral expenses. You can send donations to Jennifer Blevins, Brian Coyle Center director, at 420 15th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN, 55454. Make checks payable to "PUC - Ahmednur Ali Funeral Fund".

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