Hamza Warsame, the 16-year-old Running Start student whose death raised an outcry in the Seattle black and Muslim communities, died in an unintentional fall, the King County Medical Examiner concluded, according to a report in The Seattle Times.
Seattle Police told the Capitol Hill Seattle Blog the case remains open until investigators review the evidence from the medical examiner’s office.
Several rallies followed the 16-year-old student’s death on Dec. 5, with many for increased scrutiny on the case after what some felt was the lack of attention by the Seattle Police Department and the media.
Warsame’s family also told the Globalist they felt the police treated them with a lack of sensitivity after the teenager’s death.
Following the community outcry, Seattle Police Assistant Chief Robert Merner started to supervise the case, according to a Dec. 8 police department blog post.
Initial reports from the police and the media reported that foul play was not suspected, though a rumor spread online that the teenager’s death was the result of a hate crime. Both Warsame’s family and the Seattle Police urged the public to stop the speculation while the investigation continued.