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Buffalo Police identify 12-year-old killed by stray bullet Saturday evening

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Police and Crime Stoppers announced this afternoon a $7,500 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest of the person(s) responsible for the homicide of Badraldeen Elwaseem.

The FBI is offering up to $5,000 for an arrest as well. 

Buffalo Police also say the 22-year-old victim had surgery last night and is in stable condition at ECMC. 

Elwaseem was killed in the area of 442 William St. Saturday evening. Authorities believe he was in his home when a stray bullet struck him inside his home. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 716-867-6161 or submit a tip through Crime Stoppers mobile app. 

The Buffalo Public School District released the following letter on Sunday:

“Dear Buffalo Public Schools Families:
We and all of the members of the Buffalo Board of Education express our profound sadness and
dismay for the tragic and senseless violence that has claimed the lives of so many children in
our community. On Saturday evening, we lost another beautiful child, full of potential, to
senseless gun violence that too frequently occurs in our Buffalo neighborhoods. Too many of
our precious children are either injured or gone too soon due to gun violence. While we are
focused on their graduation and bright futures, it is always horrific and unimaginable when a
child is taken from us in this way.
Board President Nevergold and I call on our faith-based institutions, our citizens groups, our
parents, our Mayor and elected officials, and our schools – all of US – to work together to
increase the peace and take clear measures to end the violence NOW!
We teach our students to embrace peaceful conflict resolution through Restorative Practices.
We provide Trauma Informed Care. We train staff in Culturally and Linguistically Responsive
Teaching practices, and we diligently prepare our Crisis Service Teams. Our Crisis Service
Team and School-based Student Support Teams will join several of our community partners to
provide counseling and other support services to International School #45, Lafayette
International High School #207, Newcomer Academy at Lafayette #353, Montessori School
#32, and Hutchinson Central Technical School #304. We are always prepared to assist our
children and families in time of need. Nevertheless, our greatest prayer is that there will soon
come a day when trauma remediation will no longer be necessary in our young people’s lives.
Please direct your spiritual thoughts and earnest actions toward Badraldeen Elwaseem, who has
passed on. His grieving family and an entire city mourn his sudden and heartbreaking death, as
with each of the others, one that we will never fully understand.”

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