The FBI is investigating the hit-and-run death of a 15-year-old boy struck while leaving the Somali Center of Kansas City as a possible hate crime, local authorities said on Friday.
An SUV crashed into the teenager, who is of Somali descent, on Thursday evening as he was leaving the center, possibly intentionally, and the driver was arrested after he fled the scene on foot, Kansas City Police Sergeant Kari Thompson said.
The teenager was taken to a hospital, where he died, Thompson said. Police did not identify the boy or the SUV’s driver, who was alone in the vehicle.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating the incident as a possible hate crime, FBI spokeswoman Bridget Patton said. An FBI agent was at the scene Thursday night, and the FBI is working with Kansas City police, she said.
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