REDDING, Conn. -- The Connecticut NAACP and Norwalk Branch of the NAACP plan to launch an investigation into the death of a young black attorney who died under suspicious circumstances in Redding last year.
The CT NAACP and Norwalk Branch plan to hold a press conference on Wednesday, Aug. 5, about the circumstances surrounding the death of Gugsa Abraham “Abe” Dabela, who died on April 5, 2014, at the age of 35.
Dabela died of a gunshot wound to the back of his head after a motor vehicle crash less than a mile from his home in Redding. His death was ruled a suicide by the Office of the Medical Examiner in October 2014.
Dabela was from Bethesda, Md., and attended the University of Maryland at College Park on a full academic scholarship. He then graduated from Cardozo Law School and went on to become an attorney for Wilser Elser in Stamford.
At the time of his death, he was starting up a solo legal practice based in Redding.
His two main passions were motorcycling and championing the importance of the Second Amendment, according to his family. He was also an advocate of safety concerning motorcycles and firearms.
He was the middle of five children and is survived by both of his parents, two older sisters, two younger sisters, a niece and a nephew.
Since his death, family members have steadfastly pursued answers to their many questions about both his death and the police investigation. The NAACP has agreed to assist the family in seeking these answers.
“The Dabela family has questions and it’s time for answers,” said CT NAACP President Scot X. Esdaile.
“We urge NAACP members and other concerned members of the public to join us in Redding to learn why people are increasingly calling for justice on behalf of Abe (#Justice4Abe),” said NAACP Norwalk President Darnell D. Crosland.
Members of the public who have information on the case or the investigation are urged to contact firstname.lastname@example.org or to call the CT NAACP at 860-523-9962. To follow the case on social media, visit Justice4Abe on Facebook or Twitter.
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