BY Niraj Warkioo
A hip-hop benefit concert featuring rappers from across the U.S. is set for Thursday night in Detroit to help the son of a Muslim leader killed in a shootout in Dearborn with FBI agents.
Family members and supporters of the group say the claims are totally false, and that Abdullah was a man who helped the needy in his neighborhood.
The concert is to raise funds for the legal defense of Carswell, who was arrested in Windsor, Canada. On his Web site, it says that a legal defense fund was set up "to help Mujahid get the best legal counsel available for his federal crime case pending & to lessen the burden of his 100,000 bond fees."
"Mu and his family appreciate any help during this already hard time of grieving for his father Imam Luqman Abdullah," the Web site reads.
Supporters of Abdullah and some advocacy groups have called for an independent investigation in the death of Abdullah.
Andrew Arena, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Detroit office, has said that agents acted appropriately in the case. Federal officials have said Abdullah opened fire.
The concert is set for the Shelter and is called "Mu Today...U Tomorrow!" The event, which is to start at 9 p.m., is to feature Professor Griff of the hip-hop group Public Enemy, Paradise the Architect of X-Clan, and others.