Beating death has shaken Rochester’s Somali community

Contrary to previous reports, murder victim Muhdin Yahye Mumin was a well-respected member of his community in Rochester, Minnesota. The 42-year-old Mumin was found dead in an alley near a Rochester nightclub last October 1. Joshua Dean Lee and Adam Ross Brandrup, both 25 years old, have been charged with second-degree unintentional murder, accused of beating Mumin but not intending to kill him. According to initial reports by the Rochester Police Department, Mumin was listed without a permanent address. As a result, the city’s newspaper inferred that the victim, who worked as a care provider for the elderly, was homeless. Continue Reading

35W bridge workers accused in anti-gay assault

A Minneapolis man walking downtown Tuesday evening was assaulted by men whom witnesses say were part of the 35W bridge construction crew. While the victim was straight, he was attacked because the assailant thought he was gay. Karl Aarsheim, 32, left the Minneapolis Eagle, a Washington Avenue gay bar, where he and his wife were meeting a friend for drinks Tuesday evening. On his walk home at around 11:30 p.m., several men in orange construction vests approached him. One of the men asked, “Are you a faggot?” Continue Reading