While Ahmed H. Aden isn’t the typical name for a right-wing terrorist, his actions in killing Missouri teen Abdisamad Sheikh-Hussein, age 15, qualify as nothing but. Now, the Associated Press reports that the SUV Ahmed drove when he ran into Abdisamad had an anti-Islam bumper sticker on the rear window.
The Kansas City police confirmed the bumper sticker on Saturday. According to the AP, the message read “Islam is worse than Ebola,” and was near the rear window.
Police spotted Aden’s SUV in the area late in October, when they noted the bumper sticker message.
On Thursday evening, Aden drove his SUV into Sheikh-Hussein and his friend as they were leaving to play basketball. In a statement given to police, a witness said that they saw the teen “fly through the air” after he was hit. Both of the teenager’s legs were severed in the crash, and he would later die from a massive loss of blood.
Following the crash, Aden attempted to escape on foot, swinging what some described as a baseball bat at people, while another witness said that Aden threatened them with a handgun.
When the police arrested him, Aden first claimed that the attack was an accident, and he’d lost control over the vehicle. When that didn’t float, he changed his story, and said that the boy looked like someone who had threatened him earlier. Aded is also a Somali man, and he was well-known in the neighborhood, with members of the Somali Center of Kansas City reporting that he had been threatening them for months, and even waving a gun at some attendees and telling them that he was going to kill them for being Muslim.
The FBI is now investigating the crime as a hate crime, and Aden is being held in the Jackson County jail.