Family searching for answers after teen’s death at Green Lake last year

SEATTLE — The family of a 15-year-old boy whose body was pulled from Seattle’s Green Lake last July is pleading with the public for help finding out more about his final moments.

They think a recent development might hold an important clue into what happened to Mahamed Mohamud.

On Saturday, the family gathered at the lake looking for answers.

“I just need the (truth about) what happened and peace. That’s why I’m here today after six months,” Mohamud’s mother, Anisa Nun, said.

Nun shared the pain she’s been living with since her son was pulled from the lake on July 14.

“I cannot sleep. My kid is shocked and my husband. My days (are) not (the) same. I feel like (a) zombie every day. But I just need the truth,” Nun said.

The medical examiner ruled Mohamud’s death as an accidental drowning.

Police closed the case and said they did not find anything during the investigation contrary to that ruling, exhausting all leads.

However, Mohamud’s family, along with Councilmember Dan Strauss, think there is more to it.

“There are a lot of questions left unanswered, and I would say it’s not clear that it’s accidental,” Strauss said.

Mohamud was last seen July 12 at about 5:30 p.m., and he had just taken the bus to the Green Lake library.

But no one knows what happened during the last moments of his life, especially how he ended up in the water after being pulled from the lake two days later.

His mom said he did not know how to swim. She said he never had any interest in being by the water.

Then came another twist in the case just a couple of months ago.

“Since we know his books were returned to the library in December, we’re coming out here today to see if anyone knows anything. Maybe the person who returned those books didn’t know the books were connected to the case,” Strauss said.

“I had a beautiful 15 years who I raised well. Anyone can, you know. He was a good boy, never involved in nothing,” Nun said. “Please if you know anything, please.”

Anyone who was at Green Lake between July 12-14 is being asked by the family to look at their photos and videos. Family members hope Mohamud might have been in the background or that someone recognizes something out of the ordinary that could provide some answers.

If so, the family’s private investigator wants to hear from you.