Thousands of dollars offered to find whoever killed UW-Stout student

The 24-year-old Wisconsin college student was found unconscious early Sunday morning.
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Thousands of dollars are being offered to find whoever's responsible for Sunday's deadly beating of a 24-year-old Wisconsin college student from Saudi Arabia.

The University of Wisconsin-Stout says Hussain Saeed Alnahdi had been a student there. He was found early Sunday morning, unconscious outside of a pizza place in Menomonie – which is about 70 miles east of Minneapolis. Alnahdi died the next day.

Now several groups are offering money to find the person (or people) responsible.

The university and City of Menomonie announced Wednesday they're offering a $15,000 reward. The money comes from private donations and a school foundation.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is also offering a reward of $5,000.

"We are offering this reward to help police apprehend the perpetrator and to determine the motive for this senseless crime," said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad.

Awad went on to say there's concern this attack was made out of bias or discrimination.

What happened

Around 2 a.m. Sunday, Menomonie police say they responded to a call about a physical altercation. When they arrived, they found Alnahdi unconscious near a Toppers Pizza.

Witnesses told officials Alnahdi had been attacked by a white male who was about six feet tall.

The following day, city officials announced the victim had died and that the case is being treated as a homicide.

Anyone with information is asked to call Menomonie Police Investigator Kelly Pollock at 715-231-8511. Information can be submitted anonymously at 855-847-3866. You may also text “TIPDUNN” followed by your message to 274637 (CRIMES).

You can donate to the county reward fund here.

The Star Tribune reported Monday that the number of hate crimes in the U.S. and Minnesota have mostly been on the decline. There is an exception with anti-Islamic crimes though. Those have been steadily increasing over the years.

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