The car used by a man to hit and kill a Muslim teen in Kansas City had an anti-Islam bumper sticker on the rear window, Kansas City police confirmed on Saturday.
According to the Associated Press, the SUV driven by Ahmed H. Aden, 34, when he struck and killed Abdisamad Sheikh-Hussein, 15, had a message reading “Islam is worse than Ebola” in the rear window.
Police say Aden’s SUV had been spotted in the area by patrol officers in late October who noted the message on the car.
Thursday evening Aden drove his car into Sheikh-Hussein and a friend on the street as they were leaving to go play basketball. A witness said that they saw the teen “fly through the air” after he was hit, according to a statement given to police.
Both of Sheikh-Hussein‘s legs were severed in the crash causing a massive loss of blood resulting in death.
Following the crash Aden attempted to escape on foot with one witness saying he swung what appeared to be a baseball bat at people, while another said he threatened them with a handgun.
After being apprehended by police, Aden first claimed it was an accident before changing his story, saying he thought the boy looked like someone who had threatened him several days earlier.
Aden — who is also Somali — was known in the neighborhood, with members of the Somali Center of Kansas City telling authorities he had been threatening them for months, even waving a gun at some attendees and telling them he was going to kill them for being Muslim.
The FBI is also currently investigating the death as a hate crime.
Aden is currently being held in the Jackson County jail.