Second man sentenced in Beverly Park murder

By Brandon Gustafson | May 01, 2019

The second man involved in the July Beverly Park Road shooting that resulted in the murder of 22-year-old Ezekiel Kelly was sentenced to 35 years in prison last Tuesday.

Hassani Hamadi Hassani, 20 at the time of the shooting and now 21, fired the fatal shots in the early hours of July 3 near an abandoned building on Pacific Place off of Beverly Park Road.

The details of Kelly’s death are disturbing.

According to court records, Kelly’s T-shirt was coated in blood, and loops of packing tape were wrapped around his neck. In the report, a detective on the scene believed the tape was used as a leash to pull Kelly’s body.

According to court documents, Kelly had 27 total stab wounds in his chest, side, back, arm, and face. Next to Kelly’s body were two .22-caliber shell casings, and a detective found an 8-inch blade that had dry blood on it. Kelly was an only child, who had a daughter.

Soon after discovering Kelly’s body, officers realized his death was related to another body discovered in an Arlington park July 1. Mohamed H. Adan, 21, was shot seven times, and was found in a blackberry bush near Blue Stilly Park.

After surveillance footage found a mysterious vehicle near the scene of the Arlington crime, officers ran the plate and found it belonged to a woman, Lendsay Meza, who lived at The Vantage apartments on the Mukilteo Speedway across from Albertsons. The apartments have Lynnwood mailing addresses, but are in unincorporated Snohomish County. The apartments are roughly a half-mile away from where Kelly’s body was discovered.

According to court records, Meza’s boyfriend, Anthony Hernandez-Cano, 19, had just been released from jail on June 30 when he learned from Meza that Adan had watched her as she slept in her car at the apartment complex’s parking lot. After learning this, Cano, Meza, and some friends reportedly found Adan, who was reportedly close with Hassani, and assaulted him with a baseball bat behind Albertsons.

Cano reportedly told officers that he brought Adan back to the complex, bound him with electrical cord and tape, burned him with cigarettes, and later drove him to Arlington, where Adan was shot and killed.

Kelly was reportedly close with Adan, and Cano told officers that Kelly texted Adan information about Meza. Hassani and Cano reportedly found Kelly on Highway 99 near Airport Road on July 2, where they reportedly confronted him and assaulted him while getting him into a car. The duo then reportedly bound Kelly with tape and took him to a wooded area in the Meadowdale area of Edmonds, where Cano stabbed him repeatedly.

They then took him to an abandoned building on Pacific Place and dragged him out of the car. Cano reportedly lost the knife in the dark and instructed Hassani to locate it, but he was unsuccessful. He told officers he handed Hassani a pistol, telling him to “finish it,” and Hassani shot Kelly three times, killing him.

Hassani plead guilty to murder and kidnapping in February. Cano plead guilty, and was sentenced to life in prison without parole last October. Meza is being charged with aggravated murder and is awaiting trial.

Hassani was born in a refugee camp in Kenya and emigrated to the U.S. in the mid-2000s. A defense report outlined Hassani’s life, and mentioned that he was abused as a kid and often went without food while in the camp. The report said he had development problems. The defense did say that the information was for context, and not to excuse what he did.

According to the defense report, Hassani admitted to his involvement in Kelly’s death to police, and expressed fear that Cano may hurt him and his family if he didn’t help kill Kelly.

Hassani reportedly told police he wanted to be tough like Cano, and wanted to prove he was “actually a cool guy like (Cano) is.” He later told officers that he doesn’t know why he shot Kelly.

“He didn’t deserve this,” Hassani said in the report.

Hassani was sentenced to 35 years in prison for first-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping. He will be 56 when he is released.

 

 

 

 

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