Edmonton's latest homicide victim Somali-Canadian

Edmonton's latest homicide victim is a 20-year-old Somali-Canadian, CBC News has learned.
Witnesses speak to police about what happened early May 19 when a man was beaten near 70th Street and 149th Avenue. The young man later died in hospital. (CBC)

Edmonton's latest homicide victim is a 20-year-old Somali-Canadian, CBC News has learned.

Yusuf Abdirahim was found unconscious in northeast Edmonton near 149th Avenue and 70th Street around 3 a.m. May 19 and died in hospital Saturday.

His death was ruled a homicide by the medical examiner following an autopsy Tuesday.

Witnesses said Abdirahim had been beaten and stomped by group of young men.

Homicide detectives have interviewed witnesses as well as the other male believed to be involved in the incident. No charges have been laid but police say they are not looking for other suspects.

Abdirahim's funeral was scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. He is the 12th young man from the Somali community to die in Edmonton in less than three years.

Many of the victims were linked to the drug trade.


With files from CBC's Andrea Huncar