ADC Urges Hate Crime Investigation into Murder of Saudi Student

November 1, 2016 – The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) extends its condolences to the family of 24 year old Hussain Saeed AlNahdi. The Saudi national was in the Unites States for his studies at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. AlNahdi was brutally attacked over the weekend and died of his injuries. ADC is in contact with the family and the Menomonie Police Department (MPD).

It is important to remember that the investigation into this murder is on-going and not many details related to motive are available at the moment. ADC has been in communications with the Menomonie Police Department (MPD). ADC urged the MPD to thoroughly investigate the murder and not dismiss the possibility that the murder was hate-motivated. In response to the ADC inquiry the MPD indicated that they will not dismiss the possibility the murder of Mr. Alnahdi was a hate crime.  ADC commends the MPD for utilizing all of their resources and collaborating with area agencies to ensure there is justice for Mr. AlNahdi.

AlNahdi was an international student from Saudi Arabia living in Menomonie, Wisconsin and studying business administration at the University of Wisconsin – Stout.  The assault took place on October 31, 2016, outside a pizza parlor in the Wisconsin city and left Mr. AlNahdi unconscious with a bloody mouth and nose. He later died of his injuries.

In ADC’s initial communication with the MPD, Abed Ayoub, ADC Legal and Policy Director emphasized that the Menomonie Police Department should “vigilantly investigate this murder as a hate crime. Do not dismiss the possibility of this being a hate-motivated crime. Strong and decisive action from the Menomonie Police Department will help to deter such crimes in the future. The way you handle and proceed with this investigation will ensure that minority communities trust law enforcement and feel welcome in their community.”

Witnesses told police the assailant was a white male about six feet tall. Anyone with information about the assault is asked to contact Menomonie police investigator Kelly Pollock at 715-232-1283. Tips can also be submitted through Dunn County Crime Stoppers at 1-855-847-3866 or Tips can also be texted to 274637 (CRIMES). Text “TIPDUNN” followed by your message.

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