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Witness recalls horrific scene when teen hit and killed

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Ahmed Ahmed recounts arriving moments after a teen was struck by an SUV. Ahmed Ahmed recounts arriving moments after a teen was struck by an SUV.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) - The death of a local teen that is being investigated as a hate crime has rattled many in the predominantly Somalian neighborhood where it happened.

Among those shaken by the crime is a man who arrived at the Somali Center of Kansas City at 13th Street and The Paseo just after the horrific crime.

“It was like we was in a war zone. I stood over him and was like, 'Who is that?'" said Ahmed Ahmed. "It was like, 'That's the imam's son.' And I was like, 'No it can't be him.' It was just kids all around and there was people all around here.”

Ahmed fled a war zone in Somalia as a child and says what he experienced Thursday night in Kansas City will be seared in his memory forever.

He had walked from evening prayer to get dinner before work and returned to find a body lying in the street before a swarm of children. That's when a man came at him in a rage.

“He had a gun and a sword, a machete, something that looked like a machete," Ahmed said. "And he pulled it on me and he said, 'I am going to kill you.'"

He thought for a moment that 34-year-old Ahmed Aden would do just that because he'd confronted Aden in the past about hateful comments Aden had made about Islam.

Instead, prosecutors say, it was 15-year-old Abdisamad (Abdi) Sheik-Hussein that Aden killed, by crashing his SUV into the boy as he stood outside the mosque.

“I had seen him five minutes ago leading the prayer," Ahmed said of Abdi, "and five minutes later I seen him on the pavement and half of his body was gone.”

Ahmed said Abdi was a smart boy who knew the Koran well. He was the imam's son and often led prayer.

He said Aden was also well-known in the Somali community, but for less honorable reasons.

On Oct. 25, police took a report of a man waving a gun outside a Somali strip mall. The victims described him in this SUV, with the words, "Quaran [sic] is a virus disease woreste [sic] than Ebola." The SUV is licensed to Aden.

Aden told police he didn't mean to kill the teen Thursday night, but mistook him for a one of four men who had threatened his life about a week earlier. He said he intended to get them before they got him.

“This time I hope they don't let him out," Ahmed said, "because if they let him out he is going to massacre people because he was a mad man.”

Police say Aden wasn't jailed back in October because the victims did not want to prosecute.

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