$20,000 reward offered in UW-Stout student death


In the days since the death of UW-Stout student, Hussain Saeed Alnahdi, the community has aligned in support and healing. Alnahdi was beat to death late Sunday night.

The police in the small town of Menomonie, Wisconsin haven’t identified a motive or a suspect in the Saudi Arabian student’s death but two organizations are hopeful a cash reward will lead to an arrest.

The police announced a reward of $15,000 and  The Council of American-Islamic Relations, a national civil rights organization, added $5,000 to the fund.

The New York Times reports on how Alnahdi’s death has changed this community:

“For nearly a week, the police in Menomonie, Wis., have been at a loss to identify a suspect or a motive in the fatal beating of a Saudi Arabian college student outside a pizza restaurant. Now, the city is trying to change that by raising money for a reward. The tally so far? $20,000.

The student, Hussain Saeed Alnahdi, 24, who enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in 2015 and studied English and then business administration, was attacked around 2 a.m. Sunday on Main Street East, a stretch of road between the campus and the edge of Lake Menomin, theMenomonie Police Department said.

He was taken to the hospital in Eau Claire, where he died on Monday, the police said.

After his death, the Police Department said it did not believe there was an “ongoing threat” to the community, though it said it had no information about a possible motive. By Thursday, that apparently had not changed.

However, a department commander, Todd W. Swartz, said in an email that witnesses had described a possible suspect: a six-foot-tall white man.”

For more on how Alnahdi’s death has changed this community, visit The New York Times.