Death – Columbus mosque leader found dead after being reported missing

Death – Obituary

A missing person report for Mohamed Hassan Adam was filed on Thursday, after he had not been seen since Wednesday.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The death of a Columbus mosque leader reported missing on Thursday and found dead in a van Friday afternoon has been ruled a homicide, according to police.

A missing person report for Mohamed Hassan Adam was filed on Thursday, after he had not been seen since Wednesday.

The report said he did not show up to pick up his child from a daycare on Oakland Park Avenue.

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Members of the Somali community found his body in a van near a wooded area off of Windsor Avenue, west of Joyce Avenue Friday afternoon, police said. He was pronounced dead just after 3:30 p.m.

Columbus Division of Police Deputy Chief Tim Becker told 10TV at the scene the body matched the description of Adam, but the coroner’s office and investigators had to make an official identification and notify next of kin.

It wasn’t until Sunday afternoon that police announced the positive identification.

Acting Executive Director of the Ohio chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Ohio) Amina Barhumi called Adam “a beloved pillar of the Columbus Somali Muslim community.”

“Our entire Ohio Muslim community has suffered a profound and tragic loss. We call on law enforcement to conduct a thorough and transparent investigation into the murder of this community leader, husband, and father.,” Barhumi said.

CAIR-Ohio and its national headquarters also announced a $10,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of who killed Adam.

“We are deeply saddened to get the information that he has been passed away,” said Hassan Omar, the president of the Somali Community Association of Ohio.

Omar told 10TV at least 70 people were out looking for Adam across the city since he was reported missing.

“We’re going to work with them (police) and Crime Stoppers to make sure those people who committed the crime be brought to justice. Our condolences go out to the family,” Omar said.

Omar also said Adam provided guidance and leadership for the Somali youth in Columbus.

Adam’s cause of death is under investigation.

His death is the 198th homicide in the city of Columbus in 2021.

If anyone has any information, they are asked to call the Columbus Police Homicide Unit at 614-645-4730 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-8477.

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.