Authorities say they found the bodies of Fort Wayne residents Mohamedtaha Omar, 23, Adam K. Mekki, 20, and Muhannad A. Tairab, 17, inside a local home on Wednesday. Whoever killed them shot each man multiple times.
NBC affiliate 21Alive further reported the home had become a known spot where young members of the local African diaspora gathered to party due to an “absentee ownership situation,” though WANE wrote police do not believe the hangout spot is connected to gangs or crime.
Police currently do not believe the three deaths were related to the men’s nationality or religion, according to the News-Sentinel, but each was a Sunni Muslim from Chad or Sudan.
But amid a growing wave of anti-Muslim sentiment in the U.S., including numerous acts of violence directed against Muslim Americans, that the slayings were a hate crime remains a disquieting possibility.
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