Second suspect, a 17-year-old girl, arrested in Moorhead taxi driver's killing

Abdullahi Abdullahi was found dead in his taxi last week.
Abdullahi Abdullahi.

Abdullahi Abdullahi.

A teenage girl is in custody and facing numerous criminal charges in connection to last week's killing of a Moorhead cab driver.

Abdullahi Abdullahi was found dead in his taxi the morning of May 5, his vehicle having driven over a roadway and railroad tracks before coming to rest near the backyard of a residential home. Police say Abdullahi showed signs of "suspicious trauma," and later that day arrested 18-year-old Fargo man Willie Alonzo Sparkman Jr. in connection with the killing. Authorities described the incident as a "planned robbery." 

Now, a 17-year-old girl is in custody and also facing charges related to Abdullahi's death.

The Moorhead Police Department said Monday morning the teen is facing charges of:

  • Aiding and abetting first-degree conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery
  • Aiding and abetting first-degree attempted aggravated robbery
  • Aiding and abetting second-degree murder without intent while committing a felony

She will not be identified due to her age.

Sparkman Jr. is charged with multiple counts, including second-degree murder, InForum reported. According to the charges, police say he and the female suspect called a taxi shortly after 3 a.m. May 5, with plans to rob the driver. Authorities say Sparkman Jr. shot Abdullahi in the side and fled, though he said the shooting was an accident.

A fundraiser to help pay for Abdullahi's funeral has brought in more than $15,000 as of Monday morning.

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