Josiah Kassahun Wiki – Josiah Kassahun Biography
Josiah Kassahun is a Cook County man who was beaten by a professional skateboarder Terry Kennedy. He later died. TMZ reported that Kennedy was arrested and may face homicide charges.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office in Illinois told TMZ that Kassahun died Saturday, July 31, 2021, after police allege Kennedy attacked Kassahun in an Oakbrook Terrace motel on July 27, 2021. Kassahun suffered a fractured skull and a concussion, and Kennedy was arrested and booked into jail, TMZ reported.
He was 23 years old.
Officials say Kennedy attacked 23-year-old Josiah Kassahun in Oakbrook Terrace, IL, on July 27 and then fled the scene.
Details of the incident are still unclear.
Terry Kennedy Arrested
Skateboarding star Terry Kennedy has just been charged with 1st-degree murder … TMZ Sports has learned.
A spokesperson for the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office tells us the charge was formally filed Monday afternoon … after the man, Kennedy allegedly attacked at an Illinois motel last week died over the weekend.
We’re told Kennedy appeared in court for a bond hearing after the filing … though the proceedings were continued until Tuesday morning.
Kennedy is now facing up to life behind bars if convicted.
Police told TMZ that Kennedy fled the hotel where they allege he beat Kassahun, leaving him with severe injuries that would prove fatal. When officers arrested Kennedy, they told TMZ he threatened to kill them nine times.
“I will kill one of your police. We kill police where I’m from,” police quoted Kennedy as saying, according to TMZ.
Police also told TMZ he referenced a 2017 cop-killing incident in Whittier, California, saying, “We killed you’ll in Whittier, California. We killed you’ll b**** a**.”
At the time, he was facing charges including aggravated battery in a public place and threatening a public official, TMZ reported.
A GoFundMe was started to memorialize Kassahun. The fundraising page said family members authorized the fundraiser but did not wish to participate. The fundraiser had raised nearly $18,000 of its $20,000 goal by 5:30 p.m. Eastern time Monday, August 2, 2021.
“Josiah was and will always be remembered as the perfect friend to everyone who had the good fortune of meeting him. He was loved and had much love to give, and an infinite number of people will dearly miss him,” the page said.