The cause of death of a Seattle Central College Running Start student will not be released until the conclusion of a police investigation.
THURSDAY UPDATE: The cause of death of a 16-year-old Seattle Central College Running Start student who died over the weekend will not be released until the conclusion of a police investigation, according to the medical examiner’s office.
Hamza Warsame died Saturday afternoon after apparently falling from the roof of a six-story building on Capitol Hill. His death sparked rumors, speculation and calls for justice from a group of people who claimed he was the victim of an anti-Muslim hate crime.
ORIGINAL POST: The death of a 16-year-old Seattle Central College student on Saturday is being investigated by police, according to the school’s Interim President Sheila Edwards Lange.
The victim, identified by the school in a post on Facebook as Hamza Warsame, died from injuries apparently sustained in a fall off the roof of a Capitol Hill building Saturday afternoon, according to the Seattle Fire Department.
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The Fire Department said medics were called to the rooftop deck of a residential building on Summit Avenue East at 3:46 p.m.
The King County Medical Examiner has not yet released the cause and manner of death, and the school said police are investigating.
The school’s letter was posted Monday on a Facebook page titled #Justice4Hamza, which is hosted by Americans for Refugees & Immigrants. On that page, students and others express concerns about the teen’s death.
Several posters claim Warsame was a victim of an anti-Muslim hate crime and had been beaten by a Caucasian student before being thrown from the roof.
Some friends of Warsame’s also said on Facebook that they may protest in front of the school Thursday, claiming they don’t feel safe on campus.
In a post on the Seattle Police Department blotter, police say that detectives are aware of concerns about the teen’s death and that Assistant Chief Robert Merner will oversee the investigation personally.
“As with all death investigations, we ask the community to be patient and avoid jumping to conclusions while detectives conduct their work,” police said.
Police are asking people with additional information to contact investigators through the tip line at 206-233-5000.