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Man charged in hit-and-run death of teen; FBI investigates as possible hate crime

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Ahmed H. Aden, 34, faces charges of first-degree murder, armed criminal action, leaving the scene of an accident and unlawful use of a weapon. Ahmed H. Aden, 34, faces charges of first-degree murder, armed criminal action, leaving the scene of an accident and unlawful use of a weapon.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A man has been charged in the hit-and-run death of a Muslim teen that may potentially be called a hate crime.

Ahmed H. Aden, 34, faces charges of first-degree murder, armed criminal action, leaving the scene of an accident and unlawful use of a weapon.

According to court records, 15-year-old Abdisamad Sheikh-Hussein was struck by a Chevy Blazer that Aden was driving Thursday night in the area of Admiral Boulevard and Lydia Avenue. Witnesses told police that the Blazer was driving at a high rate of speed eastbound on Admiral when it veered suddenly and struck the parked car and Abdisamad, who was just getting into the vehicle.

Abdisamad had just left the Somali Center of Kansas City where his father is the mosque leader and was about to get into a Camry parked outside. He was rushed to the hospital where he died.

According to witnesses, Aden waved a machete and pointed what appeared to be a gun and/or a knife at people in the area as he fled the scene.

"When I came over there and I talked to police, I noticed the Blazer on the other side and at that moment I just knew it was him because I saw the Blazer,” said Hussein Mohammed, who says he had known Aden for years.

Mohammed told KCTV5 that over the last several months, Aden has been terrorizing the Muslim community, driving around with an anti-Muslim saying on his SUV.

"'Quran is a virus disease woreste [sic] than Ebola.' It's tough to deal with," Mohammed said.

According to court documents, multiple people were inside the parked Camry. One witness told police that Abdisamad was thrown into the air when he was hit and the driver ran over him before getting out and running away. Another witness in the Camry told police they heard an engine revving before feeling the Blazer run into them.

Another witness who was in the area said Aden ran up to him, pulled out a semi-automatic handgun and pointed it at the witness while yelling "stay there." The witness said Aden held him at gunpoint for about 15 seconds and then walked away. It wasn't until this witness drove away that he saw the crash.

Others who told police they saw the entire thing play out said that they saw the Camry parked on the north side of the road and saw people getting inside. The female witness said she then saw a black SUV speeding eastbound on Admiral and then suddenly veer into the westbound lanes, hitting the back door of the parked Camry and sideswiping it. The black SUV continued on until hitting a parked trailer or telephone pole. Reports as to what the SUV struck after the initial crash slightly differ.

Mohammed said Aden used to be very involved in the Muslim community, but it's believed he lost his job as a truck driver and things started to go downhill. It was then that he turn on his community and then began targeting them.

Police confirm they have at least two reports involving Aden.

Mohammed believes one of the reports was from just about a month ago when Aden reportedly parked outside a Muslim restaurant with the anti-Muslim saying on the back and was asked to about it. Mohammed said Aden pulled a gun.

Despite the downward spiral, Mohammed said those in the Muslim community continued to try to reach out.

"We tried to talk to him and figure out what his problem was. The community tried everything they could to reach out and sit down and figure out what's wrong and he didn't want to be a part of it," Mohammed said.

Aden told police initially that he lost control of his vehicle, according to court records filed on Friday, but he later stated that he was looking for four men who had threatened to kill him nine days ago. He said he had been looking for the men for the past three days and woke up Friday morning to again look for them.

Court documents said Aden told police he carried the machete and a knife with him as he looked for people who threatened him. He said if he found them earlier in the day, he "definitely would have killed them" and he "is not waiting until they 'take' (meaning kill) him."

When he saw a group of men getting into a car in that area, he thought the teen standing outside the car was one of the men who had threatened him. He turned his vehicle toward the parked vehicle and struck the victim.

Aden told police he did not want to kill a 15-year-old boy, but he thought he was one of the men who had threatened him.

Prosecutors Aden's bond be set at $250,000.

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