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The cause and manner of death for Ali Ahmed Mohammed may not come out today after all.
The city’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner was expected to announce findings this afternoon regarding Mohammed’s death outside nightclub DC9 on Oct. 15. Though the office is ready, an e-mail says that they can’t announce it quite yet. There’s a hang up at the the D.C. Department of Health. The family of the deceased hasn’t received an official death certificate, and that’s necessary in order for the office to release the information publicly. OCME spokesperson Beverly Fields writes:
Please note that we have just found out from the funeral home that, apparently, the Department of Health’s Vital Statistics Unit is moving and has placed a hold on releasing documents, including death certificates. As such, the funeral home has been unable to obtain the death certificate. The Chief Medical Examiner will be contacting the DOH Director asap to determine if this can be resolved with respect to this particular case. We will be in touch as we know more.
Reached by phone Fields says the situation could be resolved soon. But it could also drag on: “They didn’t say for how long.”