Missouri police fatally shot a murder suspect who they believe took the lives of his two younger teenage brothers a day earlier.
On April 30, Abdulwahid Abdulaziz, 16, and 14-year-old Abdirahman Abdulaziz were returning home from Ramadan services at their mosque when they were shot and killed just before midnight outside their Kansas City apartment.
Police identified the teenagers’ brother, Hanad Abdiaziz, 25, as a suspect in their murders, the Associated Press reported.
Kansas City Police Department spokesman Capt. Dave Jackson said an investigation determined a “domestic situation” may have led up to the double murder.
Shortly after 6 p.m. May 1, the night after the slayings, Kansas City police located the shooting suspect, who “presented a firearm” — possibly a short-barreled rifle — Missouri State Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Andy Bell said.
An officer shot Abdiziz, who died at the scene.
Abdurahman Abu, 18, called the victims’ deaths “devastating” and said they would “always have an everlasting effect on the local community.”
“This incident has really shook us all,” Abu told the Kansas City Star.
Kansas City police noted on Twitter that officers and detectives at the scene of the crime “heard story after story about these promising young men who were leaders both in their community and at their mosque.”
“It’s become clear that Kansas City has lost two rising stars,” police said.