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Website Launched In Investigation Into Redding Death

Members of the state and Norwalk chapters of the NAACP at a press conference in August announcing a new investigation into the death of Redding lawyer Gugsa Abraham "Abe" Dabela, who died last year in Redding.
Members of the state and Norwalk chapters of the NAACP at a press conference in August announcing a new investigation into the death of Redding lawyer Gugsa Abraham "Abe" Dabela, who died last year in Redding. Photo Credit: Casey Donahue

REDDING, Conn. -- A new website has launched as part of the investigation into the death of Redding lawyer Gugsa Abraham "Abe" Dabela .

Dabela was found dead in his car in April 2014 of a gunshot wound to the head. Police ruled the 35-year-old's death a suicide, but earlier this August the state NAACP and the Norwalk branch of the NAACP announced that they were opening an investigation into the death.

Family members launched Justice4Abe.com on Tuesday, with information about the life of Dabela and the circumstances of his death. The website challenges the official finding that his death was a suicide, and poses many questions that the investigation is seeking answers to.

Among the questions asked are:

· Why did the Redding Police Department issue a press release within hours of Abe’s death classifying the gunshot as “self-inflicted”?
· Why wasn’t the death scene investigated by either the Major Crime Squad or an investigator from the Office of the Medical Examiner upon discovery of a gunshot victim?
· Why were Abe’s hands not tested for gunshot residue by the Medical Examiner despite the Redding Police Department’s reports stating that this test was requested on multiple occasions prior to the autopsy?
· Why did the Redding Police Department not conduct in-depth interviews with potential witnesses or others who might have relevant information?
· Is there physical evidence inconsistent with a suicide finding?

“Sixteen months of an anguished search for answers have only led to more questions,” said G. Dabela, Abe’s sister. “Now the public can share in the mystery and, hopefully, shed light on this tragedy.”

The website encourages users to get involved in spreading Dabela's story through its Facebook and Twitter pages. Anyone with information about the case can reach out anonymously through the website, send an email to info@justice4abe.com or contact the state NAACP at (860) 523-9962.

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