Was a promising Black Muslim teen lynched in Seattle?

The examiner made his conclusion based on the fact that there appeared to be no other injuries to Keita's body.

Keita's father has said his son had no history or depression, anxiety or psychological issues of any kind.

In a statement, the FBI announced it was reviewing the case to decide whether it warranted an investigation.

Police searched the area around the Keita family's suburban home three times between November 30 and December 7, using dogs and a helicopter in futile attempts to find him, Arsalan Bukhari, executive director of the Washington State chapter of the Council on American-Islamic relations, said in a phone interview.

Seattle Muslim teen found hanged in woods; family seeks answers.

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The death of Ben Keita, 18, was initially ruled a suicide.

Keita's family said four co-workers were not interviewed before the Lake Stevens police closed the investigation into the young man's death, according to KIRO 7.

"We are aware of circumstances of the individual's death and will review them with consideration of federal law", she wrote in an email.

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office initially labeled the death a suicide, but it later changed that finding to undetermined, saying there was not enough information to make a ruling.

Police asked the public to not hesitate to report anything they might know about the case. "Although at autopsy I did not see any evidence of trauma beyond the evidence of hanging, the circumstances of the very high tree branch, uncertain location of the decedent for the 6 weeks prior to discovery (with a report that the area where the body was found had been previously searched), and lack of any reported suicidal ideation or attempts makes a definitive classification of the manner as suicide uncertain".

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"The family really wants answers", Arsalan Bukhari, head of CAIR Washington, told Anadolu Agency on Thursday. He had dreams of becoming a medical doctor and work as a medical examiner, according to his father, Ibrahima Keita.

Rev. Kele Brown, a local pastor, echoed Bukhari's calls for a fair and thorough investigation.

Hate crimes against Muslims have increased significantly in the past two years.

"The family believes that with a comprehensive investigation, with every lead and every avenue explored, we can find the reasons for how this all happened", Bukhari added.

"He was planning to graduate this year from Lake Stevens High School", Keita said.

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