- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 1, 2016

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - The older sister of one of three people fatally shot in house in northeast Indiana says her family had fled from war in Sudan’s troubled Darfur region to live in the United States.

Wehdad Omar, 29, said she doesn’t know why anyone would want to kill her 23-year-old brother, Mohamedtaha Omar. She said her brother frequently visited the house where he and the other two victims were found dead in Fort Wayne. She said the Sudanese in the city tend to live in the safety of extended family groups because of their culture and background.

“We love all people. We are raised to not see the differences in people,” she told The News-Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1pmS7Wt ).

She said her brother, known to family members as Taha, and another shooting victim, 17-year-old Muhannad Tairab, grew up like brothers. The two were found dead Feb. 24 in a home just east of downtown Fort Wayne, as was 20-year-old Adam Mekki. She described Mekki as a person who cut her brother’s hair.

A spokesman for the families of Mekki and Tairab said late Tuesday that they are grateful for how the Fort Wayne Police Department is treating the triple homicide.

“The response to any questions or concerns has been prompt,” said Abdelaziz Hassab, who identified himself as a relative of two of the victims.

Police have released few details of their investigation. Investigators have said they don’t believe the shootings were a hate crime, noting that two of the victims were Muslim and one was Christian.

Wehdad Omar said her brother was a good student in Darfur and moved to the United States while in middle school. She said his grades slipped when he went to North Side High School, where he was bullied by other students.

She said her brother, who was attending Ivy Tech Community College-Northeast, wanted to become an actor and eventually an activist. She said her brother would cook food for others.

“Taha was always trying to fix problems for other people,” she said.

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

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Information from: The News-Sentinel, http://www.news-sentinel.com/ns

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