KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A man charged with hitting and killing a teenager with his SUV outside a Kansas City mosque is now charged with first-degree murder. Prosecutors say 34-year-old Ahmed Aden ran over 15-year-old Adam Sheikh-Hussein last Thursday night.
This isn't the first time Aden’s been in trouble with the law. His family told FOX affiliate KMSP in Minneapolis/St. Paul that he struggled with mental illness, sometimes refusing his medication. They recalled that he would go to mosques around Minneapolis telling people he was a prophet, and those troubles followed him to Kansas City.
Aden's family said they tried desperately to help him. They described him as a schizophrenic, and say when he lived in Minneapolis, he was in and out of a psych unit at Hennepin County Medical Center. He was civilly committed for two years as mentally ill.
They struggled to get attention of the system because of language barriers, and it took a great effort to get him admitted to the hospital. When he was released in 2013, Aden's family said he quickly left for Kansas City.
According to court documents, after his arrest on Thursday, Aden told investigators he thought the teenage victim was among a group of men who had previously threatened him.
“He used to be paranoid. He used to say someone was following him around,” Aden’s mom, Hawo Abdullahi, described through interpreter Omar Jamal.
Aden's family says his troubles and delusions began three years ago, when he threatened to burn down the social security office in Minneapolis, and once ran through the court house screaming he was a prophet sent by God.
“He wasn't able to get along with others and the people did not understand his mental situation,” Jamal said.
Under federal law, Aden's mental health history in Minnesota would've made him ineligible to buy or carry a firearm. But according to Kansas City police reports, Aden had threatened people with a gun back in October. It's unclear where that gun came from, but his family says he told them he carried it for his own protection.