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Boston: Man stomped by gang which escaped into Eritrean Community Center to play pool, watch TV

Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 21, 2013

Mid-week diversity is strength alert!

A reader sent this story from Boston via The Southend Patch.   Sometimes those ‘Patch’ papers have more news than do primary media outlets.   The crime happened earlier this month.

Eritrean Community Center on Shawmut Ave. working to alleviate problems Eritrean refugees and immigrants have in the US. Editorial Note: More work needed now for sure!

Boston Police found a wounded man on Shawmut Avenue at about 3:20 a.m. on August 8.

Officers stopped to investigate and saw multiple bruises on the victim’s head as well as several abrasions on his knees, ankles, arms and face. The victim was barefoot.

The victim told police that he arrived on Shawmut Avenue in a cab, when a man stole his iPhone from his pocket and climbed a fence into the Eritrean Community Center. The victim confronted the suspect, and several young men climbed over the fence and stomped the victim as he lay on the ground. The suspects also took the victim’s sandals and threw them away.

Police walked into the Community Center and found a room full of young men playing pool and watching T.V. [at 3:20 a.m.! Guess they aren’t working in the morning!—ed]

The victim was able to identify the suspects.

LOL!  Looks like they have some diversity among the alleged “stompers!”

Officers arrested Farah Amed of 35 Fields Way, Brighton, Sharmake Ibrahim of 268 Washington Avenue, Chelsea, Mohamud Hashi of 50 Decatur Street, Charlestown, Abdikeyer Mohamud of 45 Tufts Street, Charlestown, Christopher Hobin of 4 Shushala Way, Plymouth, Merih Tekleghiorghis of 7 Egmont Street, Brookline were each charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Here is more on the Eritrean Community Center

Eritrea, in Africa: Church World Service testified in May that they want the US to bring in more Eritreans!

This is what they say on their website, click here (emphasis is mine):

Massachusetts and particularly the Greater Boston area has one of the oldest and largest Eritrean-American communities in the U.S.  The earliest members of the community migrated to the Boston area in the early ‘70s, mostly seeking higher education.  A large influx was experienced in the1980s due to the escalation of the war for independence of Eritrea.

Concerned Eritrean-American residents of the Greater Boston area met and took action to organize around issues affecting their families, their community and their homeland. They formed The Eritrean Community Center of Greater Boston (ECC-Boston) in 1983. The organization is one of the first grassroots Eritrean community development corporations founded and operated by Eritrean refugees and immigrants in the U.S.


The Eritrean community in Greater Boston has grown significantly over the last two decades in numbers as well as in its critical needs.  Total number of the Eritrean-American community in the greater Boston area is estimated to be upwards of 700.


ECC-Boston aims to help alleviate some of the problems faced by Eritreans in the Boston area by bridging the cultural and linguistic barriers and by helping its members integrate and contribute their share in the society. It provides a forum for members to organize and work together to find solutions to the challenges that its members are facing in the US, while addressing issues affecting their country of origin.

So who is funding the ECC in Boston (here)?  “Enriching lives” they say!

Putnam Investment
City of Boston – Safe Neighborhood Youth Fund
U.S. Office of Disease Prevention & Health Promotion(ODPHP)
Regional Health Administrators
University of Massachusetts Boston
Institute of Community Inclusion
Children’s Hospital Boston
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Office for Refugees and Immigrants

Church World Service (one of nine major federal resettlement contractors) testified in May to the US State Department and asked for more Eritreans to be resettled in your towns!    See their testimony, here.  They are probably not alone in their appeal, but I just happened on their testimony as I wrote this post.

An afterthought:  I can’t help but think that the criminal element is “embracing diversity” faster than the the average American.  See, the dreadful murder of the Australian young man in Oklahoma by some diverse killers, here.

2 Responses to “Boston: Man stomped by gang which escaped into Eritrean Community Center to play pool, watch TV”

  1. “Most of the programs are city, state or federal government funded.”

    This “stomping” must be a new community program it offers to members.

    I mean where else, can you engage in STOMPING, and play pool afterwards ?


    Wonder who funds this STOMPING “community program” ??? HEY ?


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