Three young Muslim-American men were gunned down in the U.S. state of Indiana last week in what police describe as ‘execution-style’ murders – but the news has barely made a ripple in the mainstream media.
23-year-old Mohamedtaha Omar, 20-year-old Adam Mekki and 17-year-old Muhannad Tairab were all found dead in a house in Fort Wayne, Indiana on Wednesday. Police say the men, from Africa’s eastern Sahel region, had been shot multiple times.
The murders came in the same week that other mass shootings in the US received widespread mainstream coverage across the world.
Many people have taken to social media to express their outrage at the lack of media attention.
Last Saturday night, a man identified as Jason Dalton drove around the Michigan city of Kalamazoo and randomly shot people, leaving at least six dead.
Then on Thursday, three people were killed and at least 14 others wounded by a gunman in a series of shootings in the state of Kansas.
After major online news site Vox published a piece on the Fort Wayne shootings on Saturday, many took to social media to question why there had not been more coverage.
— Dina (@HaikalDina) February 27, 2016
I’m from Fort Wayne and I didn’t even hear about this https://t.co/QirTzus1yj
— Laura Zweig (@ZwigZag) February 27, 2016
3 young muslims killed execution style in fort wayne, indiana…but no one’s heard anything about that
— ㅤ (@mattehattan) February 27, 2016
Where is the coverage on the three young Muslims shot execution style in Fort Wayne, Indiana? Where!!???
— Myjaedah Speaks (@myjaedah) February 27, 2016
Nothing about this on the news: Victims found in Fort Wayne home killed ‘execution style’ https://t.co/ERjKln3IAU
— Aimal ⚯͛ (@aimalfarooq) February 27, 2016
Police told local media that they did not believe the murders were linked to the men’s ethnicity or religion.
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