Yesterday, over 200 people gathered around the shuttered DC9 at a vigil for Ali Ahmed Mohammed, who died last Friday after being allegedly beaten by five club employees. And while the vigil’s first speaker pledged that the event would serve to remember Mohammed and not revisit the murky details of what happened the morning of his death, friends, family members and the crowd called the attack “barbaric” and seemed less inclined to simply memorialize the 27-year-old.

One of those speakers was Councilmember Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), who up until yesterday had remained relatively quiet about the incident. At the vigil, though, Graham publicly stated that he had been assured by police that a murder charge would result from the investigation, and that D.C. Fire Chief Dennis Rubin had assured him that Mohammed had been transported away from the scene in an ambulance, contradicting witness statements that he had been placed in a police cruiser.

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