Funerals held for two victims in Minneapolis high rise fire

Updated: November 28, 2019 05:53 PM

Funeral services were held on Thursday for two of the five victims of Wednesday's deadly high rise fire in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood in Minneapolis.

A large group of well-wishers gathered at a mosque in Burnsville to pass on their respects and condolences. The funeral was for Nadifa Mohamud and Amatalah Adam, who both died in the high rise fire.


"I'm doing fine at the moment. With the help of the community and the family I'm doing well," said Abdi Mohamed, Nadifa Mohamud's son.

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Mohamed said he found out about the fire through a call from a cousin. He said he rushed to the scene and spoke to firefighters.

"They did verify the situation, and what happened is they did show us my mother’s body," he said.

The Somali community in the Twin Cities is a tight-knit community. What affects one affects them all.

"We basically trying to do what is necessary in times like this. We pray, we visit the families, we show empathy," Imam Mowiad Ali said.

Mohamed said he appreciates the compassion and that he's sure his mother would, too.

"It's unbelievable. She was a wonderful mom," he said.

The exact cause of the blaze was still under investigation, but authorities say it appears to have started by accident.

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