Community Shocked as 18-Year-Old Muslim Cellist Shot Dead

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Mouhamed Cisse, a 18-year-old high school student with exceptional talents as a cellist and drummer, was tragically shot and killed on a West Philadelphia street following a protest last week.

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It was the evening of Sunday, May 31, 2020 and Cisse and a friend were walking to a store when they were struck by random gunfire.

Although there is no proven connection, this horrible crime was committed during the night of escalated Black Lives Matter protests across the city. 

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Cisse died shortly after the attack at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

“I’m hurt. I can’t sleep now. I pray for Mouhamed,” Manance Cisse, his mother who came to the US from Ivory Coast in 1999, said in a statement to The Inquirer. 

The talented young Muslim was a student of Sergei Nuissl in the Philadelphia School District Instrumental Music Program and the Camp Encore/Coda summer program.

He first learned the cello through a Pennsylvania program called Music and Social Change, run by the University of Pennsylvania’s Molly McGlone.

“Mouhamed rose to the top as definitely the most musically talented in the school,” McGlone told the Inquirer.

At this time, no arrest has been made. “Homicide detectives are actively investigating this tragedy,” Police Staff Inspector Sekou Kinebrew mentioned during a press conference. 

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