Candle light vigil for Ali Ahmed Muhammed who Died After DC9 Incident

“Dear PoP,

Just wanted to let you know and please let your readers know there will be a vigil for the DC9 victim tonight at 9th and U st at 9pm 6pm for 27-year-old Ali Ahmed Muhammed”

Another reader sent info from an Ethiopian Web site called abugidainfo:

“Join the Vigil to be held by Ethiopian Americans for Ali Ahmed Mohammed; The Vigil shall take place on Tuesday , October 19, 2010 at 6 pm outside DC 9, located on in the 2000 block of 9th Street NW”

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  • Everyone gets a vigil now, don’t they

  • Mourn the fact that a life was savagely lost. I get that. But a vigil for the guy goes a bit far! He did vandalize the place. He was not an innocent bystander!

    • Ok, since “vigil for the guy goes a bit far!” what should we call it if people who wants to get together to mourn the loss of this young man over property damage in the location it happend?

  • Let’s see when the young man was shot to death in petworth there was a candlelight and no one questioned if it was necessary or were any suggestion that it was one too many, so I revert the question back to you, why can’t you see the post as a dangerous statement? Is such activity reserved for certain people?

    • Yes, vigils are reserved for white people. When POC die, you’re lucky it makes the headlines let alone the nightly news.

  • We’ve all done stupid things before, and were fortunate enough to not die tragically because of them. Had we died tragically because of them, our friends and families would still want to gather and remember us in a respectful way.

  • Brutal mob beatings are always awful – but yes, there is definitely a difference – in any culture – between a waiter riding his bike home from work being shot by a punk for a robbery that could have still been done without murder, and a vandal throwing a brick through a window intending to injure or kill innocent people. Yeah – sorry but true.

    • I agree with ‘clarify this’.

      I would also point out to anyone looking to draw conclusions about how we (in the general sense) value certain types people from this conversation: Parrot the dog got a vigil, but Julia Bachleitner did not. Make sure you plug those into your equation too.

      • It’s not like the city decides who gets a vigil and who doesn’t. If no one wants to organize it, it doesn’t happen, and if someone does than it does. Do you know any of the victims you mentioned? Maybe Julia was the sort of person who wouldn’t have wanted to be memorialized by a big public event.

      • Parrot got a vigil because someone organized a vigil.

        Julie didn’t have a [public] vigil because no one organized a vigil.


    • So you know for fact that the guy toss “a brick through a window intending to injure or kill innocent people” ? I would have thought an intoxicated person usually do silly things (smashing car window, keying, etc) so I don’t see it any more than that. Just property damage. Yes it is possible someone could have been hurt if there were people inside already, but I thought he was being turned away because the place was closing?

    • How do you know Ali intended to injure or kill innocent people? Did you read his mind?

      • People with soft flesh are inside a building. A man throws a brick through the window. At the very least, there would be flying glass – cuts, blindness etc. No way is this the same as stupid drunk guy smashing a car window or keying. The man might have been malicious or simply an idiot – he still didn’t deserve to die – but I’m still not advocating a vigil.

        • You definitely try to paint an amazing picture with your words trying to make your point that the accused 5 are innocent. Really you are so transparent. Which one of them is your family or friend?

          Your words: “…a vandal throwing a brick through a window intending to injure or kill innocent people…”
          “People with soft flesh are inside a building. A man throws a brick through the window. At the very least, there would be flying glass – cuts, blindness etc. No way is this the same as stupid drunk guy smashing a car window or keying. The man might have been malicious or simply an idiot”
          Because you have all the answers right?

        • How did he know the people inside the building had soft flesh?

        • No one cares what you think, least of all the bereaved family.

          Too me, someone who makes ignorant comments while sober is way more worthy of contempt than someone who performs one dangerous mistake while drunk.

          • The bereaved family could come across these comments, though, so let’s try to be respectful and non-judgmental.

            “To me, someone who makes ignorant comments while sober is way more worthy of contempt than someone who performs one dangerous mistake while drunk.” <— I agree with this 100%

  • At least Ali’s vigil makes a lot more sense than Parrot the mauling Pit Bulls.

  • the beauty of the first amendment’s protection of peaceful assembly is that you, me, or any other commenter on here doesn’t get to decide who has a candlelight vigil and for what purpose. if the gathering is peaceful, and within the reasonable rules the city has for such things, let it be.

  • A man died and his family and friends want to mourn their loss. Why does it matter to anyone else?

  • I find much of the comments posted here pretty distasteful. While putting a brick through a window is not the best idea either is beating someone. And as a bystander at the dog incident parrot was far from a mauling dog. Violence should not validate more violence- as is tragically seen that only causes more pain and suffering it doesn’t solve problems.
    Someone died try to be respectful.

    • and maybe until the facts come in we should pay the accused some respect as well and quit ASSUMING that they beat him to death.

  • The original commenter clearly wasn’t aware of the sheer, mindblowing self righteousness of the PoPpers. I ask you: WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN

    • You ask yourself Maxdc or others who question having a vigil. What if your brother/sister/kid/friend was killed because she/he did something stupid while under the influence? All of the sudden this person becomes a worthless thing and therefore doesn’t deserve certain things, like vigil?

      • I’d be embarrassed having a vigil for my brother who got killed committing a crime. I’d grieve in private and not involve everyone else in my own drama. WHatever, who cares really, have a rally, have a vigil, you’re right that it doesn’t affect me one way or another. I’m sorry I weighed in at all.

  • Anyone can have a vigil for anyone or anything they want. Parrot the dog has nothing to do with anything here. Some people – drunk or sober – can act viciously.

  • Public vigils should be held for innocent victims of crime. This man was not innocent and his actions could have caused more than property damage. Being drunk is not an excuse for poor judgment. If it was, we wouldn’t convict drunk drivers

    If his friends, family, organizations and websites want to publicize a public vigil, expect dissenting public comment.

    It’s a shame that a man died, but sometimes crime has ramifications that aren’t legal. When the bouncers and owners go to trial, they will face their ramifications as well.

  • Who else is sick of
    Chandra Levy (A MISTRESS) who has had a million vigils and years of tv coverage? Missing White Woman Syndrome!

    This man had a family that loved him, just because he broke a window his family cant have a candle light vigil for him?

    • Are you serious, or just a moron? AnotherAnon, right above you, has it exactly right.

      Chandra Levy was — as far as anyone knows — the completely innocent victim of a random crime (and that mistress bullshit you spout has nothing to do with it, jackass). On the other hand, the victim here started the chain of events in motion by doing something that could have seriously injured (or killed) someone else. Does it warrant a fatal beating? Absolutely not. However, let’s not pretend that the victim was completely innocent here. He did something extraordinarily stupid and dangerous, and he paid entirely too high a price. Doesn’t mean he didn’t start it, though.

  • Those of you who don’t think there should be a vigil are complete twats.

    Don’t forget just cause the ME has not conclusively been able to prove yet that his death was not do to a beat down, that also means the have yet to prove it was. That means the family still has no answers either. At this point they are the real victims and they should be able to mourn as they seem fit.

    • Complete twat? Maybe, but if I am it’s not because of this.

      I think you’re missing the point many of us have. I’m willing to assume for the sake of your argument that he was in fact beaten to death. I’m also willing to assume for the sake of your argument that all 5 suspects gratuitously kicked and punched him with no regard for human life or human decency.

      My problem is that, because of the vicious nature of his demise, you and others are going too far the other way. Horrible, sickening event? Yep. A crime worthy of a super long stretch in prison? Indeed, if beating is proven to be the cause of death. However, there’s a certain amount of willful ignorance of this guy’s role in all this. The fact — as pointed out so well above — is that sometimes crime has ramifications that are also illegal. This guy could have killed someone and instead he wound up killed. It’s appalling behavior all around, to be sure, but let’s not pretend that he’s on the same moral ground as a completely innocent victim or bystander. Forgive me if I’ll save my outrage for something else and instead just shake my head at everyone involved.

      And yes, as presumably responsible adults in a civilized society we’re allowed to make moral judgments about these things.

  • Wow, I, uh…is everyone here seriously thinking a public vigil is the same thing as a private funeral? Clearly the former is an implicit protest. God I hope people know this, and aren’t just playing liberal-dumb for the comment section.

    I don’t know the details. I do know that my life has been pretty rife with obstacles, I’ve tried every drug on the planet, but never in my life have I considered throwing a brick through a window. So personally I can’t conjure much sympathy for this dude when there are so many other people who die without fanfare.

    • We all get that. Has anyone implied otherwise? Try and keep up — the comparisons to Parrot are meant to imply that the protest of a wasted life deserves even more attention if it’s human. Did you really read any of the above comments?

      The kid was killed. By whom remains to be determined. If anything, a protest is fair game in the wake of an unnecessary death.

      If you’ve done every drug on the planet, you really shouldn’t be up on a soapbox of civic responsibility, trying to act like you’re better than him.

  • Whatever the intent, the vigil serves to bring attention to this horrible, seemingly chaotic incident. What appears to be cruel violence cannot go unnoticed. It is frustrating for us not to completely understand what took place, b/c the result is awful. Since we are inclined to react, let’s at least insist that tragedies like this will not slide by.

    We need the facts disclosed, and those responsible held accountable. We can’t have irresponsible drunks being gang-beaten to death.

  • This is why I try not to read the comments these days. Years ago, this blog used to be more civil and less mean spirited. I hope most of you people don’t actually live in my neighborhood.

  • I have never tossed things like plates, glass, etc, when mad, but I thought about doing things like that when something gets on my nerve. I am sure some of you actually did break plates, glasses, toss items across your house, etc, so stop pretending that you are all just perfect and you would never ever do such a thing when you are absolutely mad. Unfortunately for Ali, he let out his frustration by tossing a brick through a window, but boy did he pay with his life.

    • Ali came back after 10 minutes to through the brick through the window. This wasn’t even spontaneous on this part like a person breaking a dish in your example would be.

      I’ve only been to DC9 once. The one time I was there I sat in the front booth which abuts up against the large front window. So I know that shattering that window would definitely put DC9 patrons in harms way.

  • Yes, let’s all join hands for some drunk asshole who threw a brick through a window. Who cares/Good Riddance.

  • President Obama needs to step in and free his people from this travesty of justice. If not, I am certain that the racial imbalance that exists within this city’s legal infrastructure will cause more senseless,racial violence to be metered out in order to avenge Mr. Ali Ahmed Mohammed’s lynching. I understand that the charges have been dropped against his murderers…

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