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Osana Futi Case: Suspect Charged With Murder With Gang Clause

Abraham Ibrahim Hade, 18, of Fremont charged with one count of murder with various clauses in the stabbing death of Newark student Osana Futi.

A Fremont man was charged Tuesday with one count of murder with a gang enhancement in the  of a senior.

In a courtroom filled with the loved ones of Osana Futi, who was about a month away from his graduation ceremony, Abraham Ibrahim Hade, 18, was charged with one count of murder with a clause added that accuses him of committing a crime in association with a street gang.

As Superior Court Judge Richard Keller Keller read the charges to Hade at the Fremont Hall of Justice, he answered with “Yes,  sir.” But when asked whether he wanted a public defender, the defendant stalled and then proceeded to answer with a brash “Yeah.”

“The word is 'yes,' not 'yeah,' ” Keller said.

Hade is expected to return to court for further arraignment at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Fremont courthouse.

Hade is charged with killing Futi, who died Sunday from “severe stab wounds” after a fight that took place outside of a Fremont house party on Saturday night.

Alameda County District Attorney spokeswoman Teresa Drenick, who said she couldn’t speak about the case directly, said generally the sentence for a murder charge is anywhere from 25 years to life in prison. She added that a gang enhancement clause could increase the sentence.

Hade was , who police say are facing charges related to being accessories to homicide.

Futi’s aunt and legal guardian Soliafoli Ieremia said the arrests of the suspects has left her with mixed emotions. Ieremia has raised Futi since he moved from Samoa to the United States when he was 11.

“I’m glad they did make an arrest, but I have no animosity toward him or his family,” Ieremia said. “Only because I’m a Christian. That’s how we were taught, to always forgive.”

Ieremia said she raised all of her children with the Christian faith and that the Christian faith is strong within the Samoan community.

The Newark woman also said she feels fortunate that so many people came to the courthouse in support of Futi and her entire family.

“We’re a tight-knit community, the Samaon community. … and living in Newark, we’re also tight-knit,” Ieremia said. “I feel blessed.”

Hade is being held at Fremont City Jail on no bail. 

Tim May 01, 2012 at 11:37 PM
What is this "enhancement' garbage. Murder is murder. If he's convicted of murder he should spend the rest of his natural life in prison regardless of whether or not he's in a gang.
Adam May 02, 2012 at 12:03 AM
The enhancement garbage as you call it is a good thing, it will increase his sentence.
Ron May 02, 2012 at 02:26 AM
Another sad and useless event in our community. Nobody wins here. My condolences to the whole family. Assuming he is convicted of the crime, his family will be affected well into the future. And, now we citizens get to pick up the tab of about $40,000.00 per year to keep the the guilty person in jail, not to mention the actions against the others involved! Government spending gone wild isn't the only problem we have these days in a state that has "zero" money! Citizens (of all ages) need to recognize they have responsibilities too! Let's get with the program folks.
Dylan May 02, 2012 at 03:26 AM
Only weak people join gangs, what ever happened to settling differences with your fists,
Donnie Brasco May 02, 2012 at 06:25 AM
If someone is involved in a gang, that's when they apply enhancements. If there is gang enhancement an individual gets more time, because since they are in a gang they are more likely to commit the crime again.
Donnie Brasco May 02, 2012 at 06:30 AM
Well gangs settling differences with fists is how gangs used to do things. All these shootings and stabbings are a thing that started occuring in the 1980's. And I agree, nowadays only weak people join gangs. Back then gangs served a purpose to protect their communities from white oppresion, todays gangs terrorize and sell drugs in their own communities.
Donnie Brasco May 02, 2012 at 06:31 AM
Kind of supporting both sides? Tim who rejects enhancements and Adam who supports them. hmmm......
Donnie Brasco May 02, 2012 at 06:45 AM
The editor of any article should always maintain themselves neutral when writing the story. By adding those details of, "the defendant stalled and then proceeded to answer with a brash “Yeah.”, the editor shares their feelings with the literary consumer and gives a biased judgement. I mean, come on, we don't even know if this guy is guilty and already he is being criticised. Not that I'm defending him, but you know, innocent until proven guilty fellas....
J. Conseco May 02, 2012 at 06:57 AM
Be wary of the parties you crash and the battles you choose, that amigo could save your life.
Your Name May 02, 2012 at 03:22 PM
@ Donnie Brasco, Ron & Dylan. Well said. If only more people would recognize that there are gangs in our midst things would be different. Where are the parents whose responsibility it is to raise and guide their children? Like Ron said this will affect both families well into the future. Looks like it's going to be a long hot summer with only more incidents like this to come.
Ron May 02, 2012 at 03:23 PM
The "yeah" comment was a reflection of the low standards this person lives by; no respect for the judge or anyone else. And, if he killed this student, then that was the ultimate showing of no respect! That is a big part of our problem today in society. Sadly, the kids learn it from their parents. The reporter was reporting the facts as they occurred. Is your our comment about "...gangs served a purpose to protect their communities from white oppresion..." really accurate? IMO, gangs typically have only been interested in their own "good" and help to divide the community, not bring it together.
Nika Megino (Editor) May 02, 2012 at 06:54 PM
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Donnie Brasco May 02, 2012 at 06:59 PM
So just by saying, "Yeah", your character is automatically labeled as one of low standards? Thats ridiculous and outrageous! And yes, gangs did serve a purpose, if you read my comment again, you might, MIGHT, notice that I gave a reason why they served a purpose. Look up some history on gangs before making arbitrary comments.
Donnie Brasco May 02, 2012 at 07:05 PM
@Ron
Donnie Brasco May 02, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Didn't I explain that in my reply?
MEGAN May 03, 2012 at 12:06 AM
YOU ALL NEED TO JUST KEEP YOUR OPINIONS TO YOURSELF, YOU ARE NOT INVOLVED IN THIS CASE AND HAVE NO IDEA OF WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON OTHER THAT WHAT THE MEDIA SAYS, HAVENT YOU LEARNED NOT TO BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU HERE ON TV. JUST BECAUSE SOMEONE IS CHARGED BY NO MEANS MEANS THAT THEY ARE GUILTY !
Unknown May 03, 2012 at 12:39 AM
I feel sorry for the families. I wish them peace. I also hope that the youth of today remember these tragic events and maybe think twice before acting out. Hasty decisions can cause you long term problems in the future!
j May 03, 2012 at 08:59 PM
thank you
j May 03, 2012 at 09:00 PM
exactly!!!!

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