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$30,000 private reward offered for information in shooting death

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A $30,000 private reward has been established in the shooting death of businessman Fuad Ali, 31, a Somali-American who ran a Minneapolis banquet hall and had recently opened a second restaurant.

The Star Tribune reports the reward has been put up by Basim Sabri, a prominent businessman and developer. Sabri is landlord to many of the immigrants and refugees living in Minneapolis. Sabri pledged to pay $15,000 to the person who provides information leading to the arrest of the killer or killers, and another $15,000 upon a successful prosecution.

Both of the properties operated by Ali are owned by Sabri, who told the newspaper said that he had spent quite a bit of time with Ali on the day before the shooting and that the killing had left him badly shaken.

WCCO reported that Ali was found lying in the street in south Minneapolis with a gunshot wound to the back early Wednesday morning. Following his death, the station talked to Ali's friends and business associates, who praised him for his efforts to use the two banquet halls he owned to promote the arts in the Somali community. He brought famous Somali artists to perform in Minnesota. The report said that Ali was married with two children and his wife is seven months pregnant with their third child.

“We all have to come together as community members and community leaders to fight this horrible crime that’s threatening our community,” Sabri said. “Those thugs can’t possibly take over the community. And unfortunately people are simply scared to speak out.”

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