Islamic Community offers $10K reward in triple homicide

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — The Islamic Community of Greater Fort Wayne is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those behind the “execution-style” fatal shootings of two men and a teenager inside an East Lewis Street home last week.

At a news conference Friday, members of the organization revealed the amount of the reward and pleaded with city officials to not let the investigation become a cold case.

“We the Islamic community, ask that they leave no stone unturned to assure that this crime will not end up to be yet another cold case file of murders unsolved,” J. Tamir Rasheed, Islamic Center president, said.

Dozens of Muslim men stood with the president of the Islamic Community Center as he issued a call to action.

“We believe that all lives matter,” Rasheed said. “Therefore the Islamic Center and community is willing to work with city officials and others to bring resolution to these crimes and we hope the public will do the same. Let us work together to stop these senseless killings. We need to work together to stop this seemingly pervasive culture of violence among our youth in this city and in this country.”

More than a week after officers found Mohamedtaha Omar, 23, Adam K. Mekki, 20, and Muhannad A. Tairab, 17, dead inside a home at 808 E. Lewis St., Fort Wayne police have made no arrests and have no leads in the case. Police also have no motive, although they have said the shootings were not a “hate crime.”

According to police, Omar, Mekki and Tairab were not known to be associated with any gang activity.

“These are our brothers who have been taken from us,” Rasheed said. “We are assured that in the end God’s justice will come.”

Police Chief Garry Hamilton has said the white, two-story house the two men and teenager were found dead in was a “party house.” The three did not live at the home.

Anyone with any information on the case is asked to call Fort Wayne police or Crime Stoppers at 436-STOP.

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