Beating victim left in park, found two days later, dies; still no arrests


Attack victim Ismail Jama survived outside for two days before being found, clinging to life in a drainage ditch in the days before Christmas until a parkgoer happened to spot him.

More than two weeks later however, Jama has died, according to a tweet from Fox 9 and a story from the Star Tribune.

The 28-year-old from Roseville was severely beaten at a local park the Monday before Christmas, Roseville police say. He was left there, lying in a drainage ditch, undiscovered for two days.

"It was shocking," Jama's brother, Mohamed Hashi, told WCCO.

It was a man at the park with his family who saw Jama lying in the ditch, unmoving. He called police, and first responders brought him to the hospital in critical condition.

Here's what the police department believes happened:

Jama went to Autumn Grove Park alone on the night of Dec. 22, between 5 and 10:50 p.m. He likely drove there, as police found his locked vehicle at the scene. Investigators believe he was near the park's tennis courts when he was assaulted.

The department issued a call for help, saying they had few leads.

As of Jan. 9, no arrests had been made in connection with Jama's assault.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Minnesota at 1-800-222-8477. Tips can be submitted anonymously; a cash reward is also possible.

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