Pakistani in Detroit killed
- TEENS CHARGED WITH MURDER OF 69-YEAR-OLD MAN
Kimberly Craig, WXYZ-TV, 8/7/03
Two teenage boys accused of robbing and killing a 69-year-old
Pakistani man on a Detroit street were charged with murder Thursday.
17-year-old murder suspect Christopher Hopkins had already been on
probation for assault, and had allegedly been able to remove his
tether. Police now say he is the one who delivered a fatal punch to
the head of Anwar Sheikh, who had been walking home with his brother,
Aslam, from prayer service at a Detroit mosque.
Hopkins could now spend the rest of his natural life in prison.
"I never, ever expected anything from this kind of young people,"
Aslam said, "and I don't know how they maintain this thing in their
mind to have punched such a kind of old and weak people "
Detroit homicide investigators say the 2 teenagers dressed in all
black Monday night and went looking for people to beat and rob.
The 2 teens allegedly found Anwar and Aslam walking on Carpenter
Street near the Detroit-Hamtramck border. Aslam was also struck by
the teenagers. Even though he is a doctor, there was nothing he could
do to save his older brother.
The Sheikh family remembers Anwar as a great father and brother. "He
was loving and caring, kind," son Nadeem explained. "He was a sort of
shelter to his children "
2 TEENS ARE HELD IN BEATINGS, DEATH
JACK KRESNAK, Detroit Free Press, 8/8/03
Although the case raised fears of a hate crime, police say robbery
appears to be the motive behind an attack that left a Detroit man
from Pakistan beaten to death and his brother badly injured.
The brothers -- Muhammad Anwar Sheikh, 69, of Detroit and Muhammad
Aslam, 66, a resident of Pakistan who was visiting the area -- were
walking home from a mosque when they were attacked about 11 p.m.
Two youths, 16 and 17, have been charged with felony murder.
Sheikh, who immigrated to the United States from Pakistan in 1989 and
became a U.S. citizen in 1996, died shortly after being beaten at
Carpenter Avenue and Klinger Street in Detroit, near the Hamtramck
Both teens gave statements to police, who said they confessed to two
attacks that night involving three victims. All the victims were
South Asian men.
Sheikh's son, Muhammad Naveeb Sheikh, 38, said his father and uncle
had attended evening prayers Monday at the Masjid al-Falah mosque on
McDougall, near the family home.
The 16-year-old suspect told police that Hopkins had convinced him
earlier in the evening to "dress in all black" and go looking for
people to rob. According to the police statement, the boy said they
first came across a man in his 40s from Bangladesh.
Hopkins punched the man, who fell to the ground, but they found no
money and fled, the juvenile told police.
Around 11 p.m., the teen told police, he and Hopkins saw "these two
guys wearing robes" on Carpenter. The suspect told police that he
struck the man from behind until he fell, and Hopkins punched Sheikh.
Two US boys charged with murder of Pakistani
By Our Correspondent
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 9: Two teenaged boys accused of robbing and
killing a 69-year-old Pakistani, Anwar Sheikh, in Detroit have been
charged with murder.
Police said that the two teenagers - 17-year-old Christopher Hopkins,
and a 16-year-old unnamed boy - attacked Mr Sheikh and his brother Dr
Aslam Sheikh, 66. The 16-year-old boy will be identified once he is
arraigned as an adult.
Anwar Sheikh, who immigrated to the United States from Pakistan in
1989 and became a US citizen in 1996, died shortly after being
beaten. His brother was treated at a hospital and released.
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