A Lake Stevens family is asking the FBI to investigate the death of their teenage son, an African-American Muslim, after he was found hanged in the woods. The circumstances surrounding his death remain unclear, but family members find it impossible to believe it could be suicide.
His disappearance and death did come at a time of greatly increased activity of neo-nazi/white supremacist groups in the U.S.
Ben Keita was 18 years old when he disappeared in November without his car, phone, or wallet reported KUOW.
Ibrahima Keita said his son Ben was a happy, generous young man with plans for his life.
The Keita family is asking the public to come forward with information that could help investigators.
Arsalan Bukhari of the Council on Islamic American Relations, or CAIR-Washington, has also asked the FBI to step in and thoroughly investigate the case.
“We want to make sure that the expertise, the experience, and the human resources of the FBI are brought in to make sure that everything is comprehensively investigated, no stone is left unturned and we really want to get answers about what may have happened,” said Bukhari.
The FBI says it’s reviewing the Keita case. If warranted, it may conduct further investigation.