Seasoned area detectives are lending their expertise in the effort to solve the weekend slaying of a well-known Merrillville restaurant owner.

This marks the first case for the newly formed Northwest Indiana Major Crimes Task, said Hobart police Detective Jeff White, one of dozens of members representing 17 participating departments.

Naseeb Abdul Jabar Mohammed, owner of Aladdin Pita Restaurant and Store, was found unconscious and bleeding from a gunshot wound by employees about 10 a.m. Saturday.

Mohammed, 60, of Munster, was pronounced dead at the scene. An undetermined amount of cash was reported taken from the restaurant at 3750 W. 80th Ave., police said.

The business was closed Monday as police continued their investigation and his family and friends paid tribute to his life at funeral services at the Northwest Indiana Islamic Center. Mohammed was a member of the center.

“There’s nothing to indicate the murder was racially motivated, but we don’t rule anything out,” White said. “… We’re still hitting the leads.” (MORE)

Those with information about the crime can call Merrillville police at (219) 756-6173.


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