- Associated Press - Monday, February 29, 2016

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - Police said Monday that multiple people may have been involved in the fatal shooting last week of two men and a teenager in a Fort Wayne house.

Officer Michael Joyner said the manner in which the victims were killed “would make one believe that more than one individual was involved.” He declined to offer details, referring questions about the victims’ injuries to the local coroner.

Joyner also declined to say whether police have identified any possible suspects in the Wednesday killings. But he said the investigation was “very active” and urged anyone with information to come forward.

He noted the house was known to police, saying one person associated with the home who wasn’t present during the shootings is “known to have gang involvement.”

Allen County Coroner’s Office investigator Rebecca Stuttle said information about the victims’ injuries wasn’t being disclosed because it was part of the ongoing investigation.

The victims have been identified as 23-year-old Mohamedtaha Omar, 20-year-old Adam Mekki and 17-year-old Muhannad Adam Tairab. A remembrance service was held Saturday for Omar and Tairab, who were both Muslim. Darfur People’s Association founder and vice president Motasim Adam, who visited with the families Saturday, said all three were originally from Sudan.

He said people from Darfur living in the United States showed up for the remembrance on Saturday to “show solidarity and to send their condolences.”

A funeral service for Mekki, who was Christian, is scheduled for Tuesday at the Carmichael Funeral Service in Fort Wayne.

Joyner dismissed speculation the victims’ were targeted because of their race or religion, noting that two victims were Muslim and one was Christian. He said police “know definitively this was not a hate crime.”


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