Somali businessman Fuad Ali shot dead on Pleasant Avenue in Whittier

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According to the Somali news site Midnimo, this is a photo of Fuad Ali.
Just before 1 a.m. yesterday, police responding to a report of shots fired found a man lying on the 2600 block of Pleasant Avenue South with a gunshot wound. The man, identified by the Star Tribune as 31-year-old Fuad Ali, was later pronounced dead at HCMC from his injuries.

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No arrests have been made, and the MPD says they haven't received any information about suspects.

The Strib reports that Ali is a Somali father of two young boys, and his pregnant wife has another child on the way soon. The University of Minnesota graduate owned two properties along Lake Street that he rented out for events.

Fuad's cousin, Hinda Ali, told the Strib her family has "no idea what happened."

"He was a businessman and created jobs in this city. He was living the American dream," Hinda said. "For somebody who leaves their own country and is starting up somewhere new, that is an immigrant's dream. He did all of that, and his life got taken away from him, just like that. He's stripped away from his little boys and all that."

The MPD ask anyone with information to call their tipline at 612-692-8477.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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23 comments
Chris Widing
Chris Widing

The world was definitely better with him in it.

Matthew Widing
Matthew Widing

Wow he was a customer of mine...great guy. That sucks.

Monica Bertrand
Monica Bertrand

The principle of non-aggression should be taught and promoted everywhere...starting in homes and echoed in schools. Condolences to his family, rest in peace, Mr. Ali ~

Buddy Daoud
Buddy Daoud

People are reckless for anything beneficial. Most of the time the altercations happened because of minor issues that most ppl would ignore.

Lauren Vork
Lauren Vork

"Without sounding completely racist" fail.

whythee
whythee

Faud Ali was irreplaceable to his community and his family. His absence will be left but legacy will endure.

Danielle Mumble
Danielle Mumble

It's always a little scary when someone gets killed a few blocks from your home...

really
really

A man comes here from a war torn country, gets an education, buys land, starts a business-all in 10 years. That's inspiring. Too bad the locals haven't been able to figure out how to do it. 

Nita Vs Nene
Nita Vs Nene

Wow this is sad and crazy cause I heard the gun shots while watching Tv and was thinking I hope no one got killed.

cheepsoda
cheepsoda

This is nuts. 2 blocks from my place and not even an overly bad area...


ajlalk3
ajlalk3 topcommenter

@relux And people made terrible, useless comments yesterday as well, but that didn't stop you from making one today.

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