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Landlord Accused Of Killing His Father And Sister After Trying To Evict Them As Tenants

Ibn Abdullah allegedly shot his sister Crystal Abdullah and their dad Marchone Abdullah in the tragic culmination of a series of landlord-tenant disputes.

By Gina Tron
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A Minnesota landlord is accused of murdering his own father and sister after trying to evict them as tenants before asking a brother to help him clean up the crime scene.

Ibn Abdullah, 47, has been charged with two counts of intentional second-degree murder for the shooting deaths of his sister Crystal Abdullah, 55, and their father, 74-year-old Marchone Abdullah, Minneapolis outlet KSTP reports.

The victims lived in a unit of a Robbinsdale duplex which Ibn owns and rented out to them; he lived in the other unit. Just last week, he tried to have the two evicted from the home. A judge put that case on hold because they would not waive court fees for Ibn. Civil court records obtained by KSTP reveal that Ibn and his family members had been fighting all year over landlord issues. Earlier this year, his sister alleged in court that he had neglected to repair the toilet and water heater. She also said there were no functioning smoke or carbon monoxide detectors. A judge had ordered him in March to fix issues in his relatives’ unit, KSTP reports.

On Sunday, Ibn went to his brother’s home in Brooklyn Park and allegedly confessed that he had shot his father and sister "a few days ago and that there might be a smell," a criminal complaint obtained by the Star Tribune states. Ibn then asked his sibling if he knew anyone who could help "clean up" the scene. That brother then informed another brother of the deaths and he then went to investigate the scene. 

The relative told investigators that he found both family members at their home sitting upright in chairs with bullets in their head; he called 911 immediately.

Police officers on the scene detected "an odor consistent with the ... deaths occurring several days prior," the complaint reads. A handgun and two discharged castings were found near the bodies.

Ibn has been booked into the Hennepin County Jail on a $1.5 million bail.

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department has not immediately responded to Oxygen.com’s request for comment. It’s not clear if Ibn has a lawyer.

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