Somalia burial planned for Minnesota high-rise fire victim

A daughter of a woman who was killed in a fire at a Minneapolis public housing high-rise is making plans…

A daughter of a woman who was killed in a fire at a Minneapolis public housing high-rise is making plans to hold her funeral in Somalia.

Five people died and three were injured in the early Wednesday morning blaze at the Cedar High Apartments located in a heavily immigrant neighborhood. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office identified four of the five victims as Jerome Stewart, 59; Nadifa Mohamud, 67; Maryan Mohamed Mohamud, 69; and Amatalah Adam, 58.

Mohamud’s daughter, Fardowsa Yusuf, told the Star Tribune Wednesday that her mother lived on the 24th floor and was overcome by smoke trying to escape. Yusuf said she and her two sisters attempted to help Mohamud, who had trouble walking, but lost her in the smoke on the 17th floor. Later, after Yusuf was able to enter her mother’s apartment, she dropped to her knees, placed her forehead on her mother’s mattress and wept quietly.

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