Five young women were killed in south Minneapolis Friday night when, authorities said, a speeding driver hit the vehicle they were in. All five were inseparable and were out together preparing for a friend’s wedding slated for the next day,.
Minneapolis Police Chief Brian O’Hara said a state trooper saw a speeding driver on an interstate around 10:15 p.m. but the vehicle got off before the trooper could stop it, then ran a red light and hit the other vehicle at an intersection.
“These were individuals who had a bright future,” said Dar Al Farooq Center Mosque Director Khalid Omar. “We’re talking about the pearls. We’re talking about the bright stars of our community.”
“We haven’t seen a tragedy of five young individuals who passed away at the scene at an incident like this,” Omar added. “We’ve never seen something like that before.”
The speeding vehicle kept going but was caught by police, who think the driver may have been impaired, CBS Minnesota says.
The Dar Al Farooq Islamic Centeras Sabiriin Ali, Sahra Gesaade, Salma Abdikadir, Sagal Hersi and Siham Adam. A fundraiser has been started for their families, the center said.
Ali, 17, had just graduated from Edina High School and was planning to attend the University of Minnesota. Gesaade, 20, was about to start her junior year at the University of Minnesota Rochester. Abdikadir, 20, attended Normandale College. Adam, 19, attended the U of M. Hersi, 19, attended Minneapolis College.
A small memorial grew at the scene the next morning.
“Losing anyone, that’s a tragedy. But losing five young people at the same time is something that is very hard to process,” said Omar.
City Councilmember Jamal Osman said he is frustrated and hurt that the driver of the other car tried to flee before he was arrested.
“This kind of reckless behavior from an individual – who survived. Who took five girls who had their future away. We want justice for these girls,” he said.
Police have yet to name the person responsible. The crash remains under investigation.