The Togolese Diaspora for Mutual Aid and Development (DIASTED) announced on Wednesday the brutal murder of a 22-year-old Togolese, found dead on July 3 in Birmingham in the United States of America. Here are some details about the fatally shot youngster.

The identity of the deceased was not revealed during the first announcement, but after AfrikPage editorial staff had an interview with DIASTED leaders in the United States, we finally learned that his name was Salhadine Didier Adamou.

Also known as SASA, he was born on May 23, 2001 to Moussa Adamou and Afi Rose Comlanvi in Togo, Lomé in West Africa. When he was six years old, Sasa and his family moved to Chicago, Illinois. At age eight, “Sasa” began spending his summers in Bessemer, Alabama, and later moved there after graduating from eighth grade.

“Sasa” attended Bessemer High School and graduated from high school in 2020. After high school, he flourished with his hobbies of rebuilding and selling cars and renovating homes.

“With a contagious smile and laugh, he grew to become a person full of love and care for his family and friends,” loved ones said in tribute to his soul. “With a kind heart and a smile, he was always a phone call away when anyone needed him. There was never a time he would say no, only a simple “Okay, on the
way’’, added the family.

At 22, Salhadine Didier Adamou, who will be buried on Saturday July 8, 2023, leaves behind his two parents, seven brothers and sisters and cousins.

Salhadine Adamou

One shot dead, one injured

As a reminder, the circumstances surrounding Salhadine’s murder are still unclear, but the Birmingham Police Department has reported that another is injured following the shooting at 10th street north at 3rd avenue north.

Responding officers attempted to save lives before Birmingham Fire and Rescue arrived on the scene. The BFRS transported the two victims to the UAB hospital where the young Togolese was declared dead around 4:25 am.

Local authorities are currently conducting a thorough investigation to determine the causes and those responsible.