Fridley police identify 17-year-old murder victim

The death of a 17-year-old boy in Fridley is being investigated as a murder.

Fridley Police were dispatched to the 7600 block of Meadowmoor Drive Northeast for a “male not breathing” report on Monday morning. Upon arrival, officers discovered the teen had been shot and left for dead.

At a press conference on Monday afternoon, Anoka County Sheriff’s Commander Paul Sommer identified the teen as Mohanned Abdul Hafiz Abukhdeir.  Sommer said the violent event likely took place where the body was discovered and that the young man was fully clothed and lying in a prone position.

Although no arrests have been made, Sommer emphasized that the public is not in danger and that investigators believe it was “a specific event targeted at the specific individual.”

At this time, little information is being released as the investigation is still in its early stages.

The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office and the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office are assisting in the investigation.