Woman charged in deadly taking pictures in Seattle’s Othello neighborhood

Saturday March 18, 2023

By Lauren Girgis 

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Fariya Yusuf. SUPPLIED

A 26-year-old lady was charged with first-degree homicide Tuesday in reference to a deadly taking pictures at an house advanced in Seattle’s Othello neighborhood earlier this month, in accordance with courtroom paperwork. 

Prosecutors allege Jamila Ahmed Abdi shot Fariya Yusuf 14 instances outdoors her house within the early morning hours of March 4. Abdi is being held within the King County Jail with bail set at $2 million. 

Shortly after 2 a.m. March 4, police responded to the 4200 block of South Othello Street and discovered Yusuf. Emergency responders tried lifesaving measures, however she died on the scene. 

Surveillance video of the scene confirmed Abdi drove Yusuf dwelling and the 2 females stayed in her motor vehicle for a number of minutes earlier than Yusuf went inside, in accordance with courtroom paperwork. Abdi stayed within the motor vehicle, the place she known as and texted Yusuf a number of instances “to lure the victim back out onto the street,” prosecutors wrote. She reportedly obtained out of her motor vehicle armed with a handgun.

Surveillance footage confirmed Yusuf later got here lower back down at the same time conversing to a pal on the cell and holding a glass of wine. Prosecutors wrote Yusuf then walked towards Abdi, who pulled out the gun and fired 14 rounds into the lady’s ponderable. 

The courtroom paperwork stated she continued firing after Yusuf had fallen to the bottom, and that a number of of the injuries would have been deadly. 

Her pal on the opposite conclusion of the decision later reported “Jamila” was “blowing up her phone” and she or he was going outdoors to see what she needed. The pal stated she heard a number of pictures earlier than the road went useless. She tried to name Yusuf a number of instances with no success. 

Abdi fled the scene, in accordance with the courtroom paperwork. Police later discovered the motor vehicle she drove outdoors her mom’s dwelling. They additionally discovered a pair of gloves that appeared to match the pair worn within the video, in accordance with the paperwork. 

Abdi was arrested Friday. During an interview, she stated she had taken her mom’s motor vehicle devoid of her expertise and gone to elect up Yusuf, who was having a exhausting time together with her boyfriend, in accordance with courtroom paperwork. 

Abdi advised police the connection was poisonous and she or he was worried, in accordance with courtroom paperwork. When proven surveillance stills, Abdi denied she was the human being proven. She additionally recommended that the footage was exhibiting a reproduction motor vehicle with a reproduction plate, and that a person had presumably cloned her cell, in accordance with courtroom paperwork.

She in the end provided a totally different story, saying the sufferer’s boyfriend carjacked her and drove Yusuf dwelling, in accordance with courtroom paperwork. 

Abdi is scheduled to be arraigned on March 23.

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