House of February’s triple homicide has new owner

NewsChannel 15 got an exclusive look inside 808 East Lewis Street, the house of a triple homicide that happened in February.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Seven months after a house on East Lewis St. was the scene of a triple homicide, a new owner is moving in.

Neggla Aly bought the two-story house at 808 East Lewis St. on August 20. She said she knows the man who sold it to her and he was selling it for a cheap price.

Aly didn’t live in Fort Wayne when the triple homicide happened on Feb. 24. She moved to the city in May. She’s sad about what happened, but had no problem moving in. She said the killings that happened there have nothing to do with her.

“I’m not afraid because to me it’s a children’s issue,” she said. “I just feel sad for all because to me, all of them are still kids.”

Aly has been cleaning up one room on the first floor where there was police marked blood splatter on the walls – those evidence markers are still there. She did get rid of a bloody bed that was in the room when she bought the house, but she’s still tryinging to scrub blood off the floors.

Neggla Ali has been working to clean the blood stains in her new home at 808 East Lewis St.
Neggla Ali has been working to clean the blood stains in her new home at 808 East Lewis St. Police evidence markers are still in the house.

Aly said all her focus is on cleaning up the house and moving in.

23-year-old Mohamedtaha Omar, 20-year-old Adam Mekki, and 17-year-old Muhannad Tairab were found dead inside the home in February.

The Fort Wayne Police Department arrested two men suspected of  the murder on Saturday. Darrell L. McDaniel, 19, Fort Wayne, and Artavius G. Richards, 19, Fort Wayne both face three initial counts of murder, according to FWPD Spokesman Officer Chris Felton.

Aly said she’s happy to about the arrests. Her neighbors are also feeling settled.

One neighbor, who wanted to remain anonymous, said she went to middle school with the arrested men.

“Growing up, they were always the trouble maker kids, always getting in trouble at school,” she said.

She explained that they would egg her house, throw rocks through her window and scratch up her car when in the neighborhood.

She’s relieved they’re now behind bars.

“It was kind of a peaceful feeling when you know they’re getting all these bad people off the streets,” she said.

Fort Wayne Police Department Chief Steve Reed said persistence led to the arrests.

“It’s the quick reaction of our officers and the hard work of our detectives and the cooperation that we’ve been receiving and we hope to continue to receive that from citizens,” he said.

Reed emphasized that the killings were not a hate crime. He said the men being charged and those who were killed knew each other from past criminal activity.

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