A 24-year-old man who moved from Saudi Arabia to America to study was beaten to death outside a pizza shop by a yet unidentified male in what his friends described as a ‘hate crime.’
Hussain Saeed Alnahdi moved to America in 2015 from Saudi Arabia to study business administration at the University of Wisconsin Stout.
He was attacked outside a Pizza shop in Menomonie, Wisconsin, in the early hours of Sunday morning by a ‘6ft white male’ who ran away from the scene after beating him.
Alnahdi was taken to hospital but later died from the severe head injuries he sustained from the beating.
Friends of the student paid tributes to him saying he was ‘selfless’ and ‘happy’.
Tommy Hutson said: ‘He always had a smile on his face and made an effort to put a smile on the face of others.
‘He often considered myself and our other roommates as his family. He was there for us when we needed him most.
‘He is one of the best friends I’ve ever had and life will be a little darker with out him here to light it up.
‘He had no enemies. Only friends,’
‘If I ever spoke to someone that thought negatively of Saudis or Muslims I would tell them they needed to speak to Hussain and they would feel differently. We came from different worlds, but he showed me everyday how much we had in common.
‘He was my brother and I’ll never forget him,’ he said.
Another one of his friends, Maggie Sills, suggested the crime was racially motivated.
‘Today we lost a wonderful person with a beautiful heart. I feel so blessed to have known someone who could light up any room he walked into.
‘Hussain you will be deeply missed…end hate crimes’.
Detectives have said they are searching CCTV around the area of the murder in the hope of identifying the suspect although no information on the motive has been released.
A spokesman said: ‘On October 30 at approximately 2:11am, the Menomonie Police Department and Menomonie Fire Department were dispatched to the 400 block of Main Street East, near Toppers Pizza, for a report of a physical altercation.
‘Upon arrival, officers located an unconscious male, bleeding from his mouth and nose.
This attack comes just two weeks after seven-year-old, Abdul Aziz, was beaten by a group of classmates who repeatedly called him “Muslim” during the beating.
After no help from the school the young boys father took his family back to Pakistan and is now trying to find online schooling for his three children.