Arrest made in Lewis Street triple homicide

| September 11, 2016
Artavius G. Richards

Artavius G. Richards

Darrell L. McDaniel

Darrell L. McDaniel

Two teens held as murder suspects

FORT WAYNE—Local police officials have arrested two suspects in a triple-murder case that rocked the city and made national headlines earlier this year.

On Sept. 10, officials from the Fort Wayne Police Department announced that they had arrested two 19-year-old men in connection with the murders of three members of Fort Wayne’s African Diasporan community.

Darrell L. McDaniel and Artavius G. Richards were both arrested and charged with three counts of murder in the deaths of Mohamedtaha Omar, 23; Adam K. Mekki, 20, and Muhannad A. Tairab, 17.

The bodies of the three were discovered after police responded to a report of a unknown problem at 808 E. Lewis St. on Feb. 4. A subsequent investigation revealed that the three had died of gunshot wounds and had be shot execution style.

All three have been identified as part of an east African diasporan community that lived in a number of houses in that area.

The murders attracted national attention given that all three of the victims were of Muslim heritage, fueling early speculation that the execution-style killings might have been linked to religious turmoil plaguing much of the world today. That angle quickly was ruled out, however.

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