Sister of man killed in Fort Wayne triple slaying says family was refugees

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP): A sister of one of three people fatally shot in a Fort Wayne home says her family had fled from war in Sudan’s troubled Darfur region to live in the U.S.

Wehdad Omar tells The News-Sentinel  that her 23-year-old brother, Mohamedtaha Omar, and another shooting victim, 17-year-old Muhannad Tairab, grew up like brothers.

The two were found dead Feb. 24 in a home in Fort Wayne, along with 20-year-old Adam Mekki.

Wehdad Omar says her brother frequently visited the house and can’t understand why he was shot. She says because of their culture and background, the Sudanese in Fort Wayne tend to live in the safety of extended family groups.

She says some of her relatives aren’t technically refugees because her father was working in the U.S. when they arrived.


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