UPDATE: Police provide new details in murder investigation of Lincoln teen

Police on Wednesday provided new details into the ongoing investigation into the murder of a 15-year-old Lincoln boy. 

Officers responding Sunday night to reports of gunshots in the area of N 7th and Fletcher found the teenager, identified as Ali Al-Burkat, with a gunshot wound. 

Police Chief Jeff Bliemeister said Al-Burkat was a passenger in a vehicle with two other males – ages 16 and 18 – when the shooting occurred. On Wednesday, police said Al-Burkat suffered a single gunshot wound to the back. The bullet has been sent to a lab for analysis. 

Investigators are still reviewing evidence, including surveillance camera videos, and say it’s too soon to tell how many people may have been involved in the shooting. 

A cousin of Al-Burkat, Karrar Almansuri, told Channel 8 Eyewitness News on the scene it was “just crazy” how the incident happened. 

“They just shot him and killed him,” Almansuri said. 

Almansuri said Al-Burkat would have been celebrating his birthday in just two weeks. He says he and the boy’s parents are heartbroken. 

“I lost my family today and I didn’t even get to tell him I loved him before he was gone,” he said.

Almansuri described Al-Burkat as kind, free-spirited, and “always happy.” 

“I want people to remember what a kind person he was,” Almansouri said. “And his smile. He was never sad, he always had a smile.” 

If you have information relevant to this investigation please call 402.441.6000 or Crime Stoppers at 402.475.3600.

 

 

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