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Family and friends are mourning the death of Abdi Ali Ahmed, 18, whose body was found in a ditch near Spiritwood, N.D. Ahmed moved to Jamestown in March from Columbus, Ohio, looking for education, work and a fresh start on life. Pictured, from left, are his half sister, Safia Dini, twin brother, Bilaal Ahmed, and aunt Marian Ghedi, all of Columbus. Katie Ryan-Anderson / Forum Communications Co.

Slain Jamestown teenager had sought new life in America

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JAMESTOWN, N.D. - Eighteen-year-old Abdi Ali Ahmed moved to Jamestown in March seeking education, work and a new life.

He'd moved to the United States in 2006 to escape violence and civil war in Somalia.

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So it's ironic that he died a violent death, said his aunt, Marian Ghedi.

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