2 Md. students shot dead on eve of graduation

Two Maryland teenagers gunned down on the eve of their high school graduation were lured to a dark cul-de-sac by three men who feigned interest in buying an extra commencement ticket — a scheme motivated by anger over an earlier, botched drug deal, Montgomery County police said in arrest records filed Saturday as the suspects were charged with murder.

The gunmen’s target appears to have been Shadi Najjar, 17, who along with his friend Artem Ziberov, 18, planned to sell at least one ticket the night of June 5 after pulling over along Gallery Court about 20 miles north of Washington. Instead, they were met by a barrage of at least 30 rounds fired from two or more guns.

Najjar, behind the wheel, was hit by four rounds, according to police accounts. Ziberov, in the passenger seat, was hit by 10.

The Honda they sat in was still running with its lights on, when police called for reports of gunfire found the teens. The attackers took Najjar’s phone, police said.

Ziberov and Najjar had been on the honor roll at Northwest High School in Germantown. Friends and family described the teens as smart and pleasant.

Behind the scenes, detectives had spent two weeks discovering another dimension to Najjar, in which he sold and smoked marijuana and had purportedly stolen drugs from a female dealer late last year, the arrest documents show.

The detectives also learned that the night Najjar was killed — at 10:13 p.m. — he sent a message to his girlfriend saying he was about to sell a commencement ticket to someone named Roger Garcia.

Investigators believe the planned purchase of the graduation ticket was merely a way to get to Najjar.

“It’s hard to imagine the suspects really planned on attending the graduation,” Hamill said.

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Many parents are if not 99% of them are ignorant of what their teens do. Many Muslim teens lead double lives. At home they pretend to be good little Muslim kids and obey what their parents tell them, while behind their backs these teens are fornicating, drinking and doing drugs. At home they will wear hijabs but on campuses they will wear mini skirts and have kuffar boyfriends. This is the modern Muslims we have today for a number of reasons. 1. parents think they can tell their kids don't do xyz because "i said so" and not because what Islam says. So kids never learn their deen, only their parent's cultural 'no' or else. 2. they grow up in western influenced culture and because they don't have any proper islamic education to build their moral compos and foundation, they adapt the culture of the society they are raised in. Parents need to stop being ignorant while thinking they are doing a great job raising their kids and thinking "never my kid". They will be held accountable on J-Day for their lack of proper upbringing of their kids.

Dallas Muslims: Almost half of the Muslim kids consume haram substance. On June 5th Shadi Najjar and his friend, both honor students were killed on eve of their graduation. Shadi was a community kid, nephew of an Imam of a local mosque. Now that 3 of their murderers are arrested it turned out that it was a drug related crime not Islamophobia related murder. Shadi Najjar sold and smoked marijuana.

An ISPU research determined that 45% of Muslim students said that they consume alcohol. There is a greater need in the community for education and programs to liberate people from harm and sins. Imam Suhaib Webb started alcoholics anonymous in his mosque.

Sumbel Aurangzeb : if part of the issue is that Muslim parents don't talk about drugs or these vices with their children, or are in denial about it etc- using language which publicly shames those who do use drugs IS NOT going to help. If we keep shaming everyone about it, how will be end the stigma?

Yes the truth is many Muslims use drugs, drink, engage in criminal activity- just like everyone else. We are people after all. It's not good, but it's not something to die from shame over.

It doesn't just happen here in the US, it happens in every "Muslim" country too.

They were teenagers. They made a series of very unfortunate mistake and were involved with dangerous people.

I think the bigger issue is parents just being more involved and aware of the lives their children are living. And to create an environment of openness and trust between parents and the children.

At least in Pakistani culture, you will sometimes find that the kids are living completely secret lives from what the parents believe. It's because the parents are very strict, expect their children to be a certain way, have zero tolerance for anything, and don't talk about real life issues with their kids.