Update: Homeless man killed in collision Tuesday; memorial created at crash site

Updated at 7:30 p.m.

A homeless man was killed Tuesday in an auto-pedestrian collision in the 200 block of South 23rd Street in McAllen.

Ahmed Ali Mohamed, 44, died after a car struck him at approximately 8:45 p.m., according to Lt. Joel Morales, public information officer for the McAllen Police Department.

Morales said the case remains under investigation by McAllen police, and that the driver remained at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation.

“This was not a hit and run,” Morales said.

Mohamed was known by some as “Jamaica.” His death prompted some in the community to create a makeshift memorial in his honor at the scene of the crash.

Tareq Allan, a leader in the Muslim community, said a service had been scheduled Friday for Ahmed Ali Mohamed at the Al Khair Islamic Society of RGV.

Allan said Mohamed’s mother and sister are in Kenya, but other family and friends traveled for the service.

Aniswarie Kanamazina, 46, came from McKinney, Texas, to pay his respects. He attended college with Mohamed in Turkey. Kanamazina said Mohamed moved to McAllen in 2010 because U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents relocated him here.

He said Mohamed lived for about two years on Beaumont Avenue. Kanamazina described Mohamed as joyful and helpful.

“If he was able to do it, he’d do it,” Kanamazina said. “That’s how I remember him.”

Allan added Mohamed’s body will be buried in Weslaco.

A makeshift memorial made in honor of Ahmed Ali Mohamed. Photo courtesy of Anna Carr.