Burnsville High athlete killed by ‘senseless act of murder’

Mohamed Hassan

A Burnsville High School athlete who would have been a senior this year was shot to death at a late-night gathering in north Minneapolis Aug. 16, according to published reports.

Mohamed Hassan, a varsity basketball player, was “taken suddenly by a senseless act of murder,” said a GoFundMe page organized by Deqa Khalif, of Burnsville.

“We have lost a beautiful, kind hearted, loved and cherished young man,” said the page, which is raising funds for Hassan’s funeral. “Mohamed Hassan was loved by so many. Mohamed was a 17 year old young man finishing up his last year in high school & last year of playing varsity basketball.”

According to his social media accounts, Hassan was on the Burnsville basketball team that lost to Eastview High School in this year’s Section 3AAAAA title game, the Star Tribune reported. Hassan also reportedly played football.

He was found by officers just after 1 a.m. Friday, Aug. 16, on the 3200 block of North Lyndale Avenue with an apparent gunshot wound to the head, the Star Tribune reported, citing police and emergency radio dispatch audio.

He was shot as gunfire broke out at a residence during a gathering of about 20 people, most of whom were seen fleeing the scene as officers arrived, the Star Tribune reported, citing 911 recordings posted online.

The ShotSpotter network detected as many as 12 gunshots, the Star Tribune reported.

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