A report from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner expected to be released later today will call the death of Ali Ahmed Mohammed outside DC9 on Oct. 15 a homicide, the lawyer for Mohammed’s family, Billy Martin, tells City Desk.
“The death certificate confirms that Ali Mohammed’s death was a homicide,” Martin says in a statement he read over the phone. “This report also reminds us that Ali suffered a cruel and senseless death.”
The report hasn’t been released yet, apparently because the medical examiner’s office isn’t sure Mohammed’s family has received a copy of his death certificate. Martin says they did pick it up this morning. The family is expected to make a statement later today. Martin didn’t elaborate on any other details from the report, nor did he detail the manner of Mohammed’s death.
A lawyer for the DC9 employees who were originally charged with murder in Mohammed’s death, before prosecutors dropped the charges, Danny Onorato, declined to comment.
Martin’s full statement:
This morning, the family of Ali Ahmed Mohammed received the death certificate based upon the autopsy performed by the D.C. Medical Examiner’s office. The death certificate confirms that Ali’s death was a homicide. The family wishes to commend those at the Medical Examiner’s office for their hard work and dedication in helping to uncover that Ali’s death was a homicide. The family is confident that law enforcement will continue its investigation into Ali¹s tragic death and that the Medical Examiner’s report is a step toward justice for Ali. The Medical Examiner¹s findings, however, also reminds us that Ali suffered a cruel and senseless death. Ali did not deserve to die for allegedly breaking a window. The family remains heartbroken and cannot have peace until those responsible for Ali’s death are brought to justice.