A young, Muslim teen’s death was changed from “suicide” to “undetermined” by the medical examiner, prompting requests for an official FBI investigation.
Ben Keita went missing November 26th but his body was found in January hanging from a tree near Lake Stevens, WA. Keita’s father, Ibrahima Keita, did not believe the suicide determination for even a moment, stating:
“No history of depression, anxiety, any psychological breakdown at all, so he was a very … happy young man.”
Washington has two separate classifications when a person dies, manner of death, and the medical cause of death. Keita’s cause of death is listed as hanging but his manner of death, which could be accident, suicide, homicide, undetermined, or pending, was what was changed.
The medical examiner pointed out the two different incidents that caused the office to change Keita’s manner of death. Apparently, the area in which Keita’s body was found had been searched two weeks before finding his body, but nothing was recovered at the time. They had even included a K-9 lead search in these events.
Also, the medical examiner found that the rope used to hang Keita was tied suspiciously high in the air, over 50 feet high in the branches of a tree, a feat unusual for someone committing suicide.
The Washington Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations requested the FBI to open an investigation into the matter. Arsalan Bukhari, executive director of Washington CAIR stated:
“We just want to make sure that the expertise, the experience and the human resources of the FBI are brought to make sure everything is comprehensively investigated, no stone is left unturned.”
With the current status of our country and the hate that has crawled out from the dark recesses of the U.S. since President Trump has taken office, it seems that the Muslim community are walking targets. Instances like these need to be dealt with swiftly before they become more prevalent, something that should never happen in this country.
The Seattle office of the FBI is currently reviewing the case to determine whether further investigation is needed.
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