5-year-old Sida Osman was laid to rest at a Muslim cemetery in Joshua, after he was allegedly beaten to death by a 13-year-old neighbor.
Fort Worth police say Osman and the underage suspect went together into the backyard of a vacant home in the 4800 block of Lois on Wednesday.
The suspect became irritated with Osman and hit him multiple times in the head, according to police, causing his death.
Court records indicate the suspect struck Osman in the head with a bowling ball.
Investigators say the teen gave a tearful admission.
Police got a capital murder warrant and took the 13-year-old into custody without incident, police said.
Fort Worth police chief Jeffrey Halstead met with the victim's mother who is from the African country of Somalia.
"I could never put myself in her position but if I were here living in a new country. I would want someone in my position to come up and meet them face to face and explain if there's anything we can do for them, questions not answered, I'd the person responsible... and we'll get her the answers," said Chief Halstead.
People who knew the teen say he was a troublemaker who tried to start fights with other kids.
"This kid is known for fighting little kids," Trealon Clark said. "He had a fight here. I stopped him from fighting a girl right here, he punched her two times in the mouth."
But his older brother, whose name FOX 4 chose not to reveal to avoid identifying the suspect, says the 13-year-old is innocent.
"All I really know is this ain't right, my brother didn't do this and when it's all said and done he gonna walk away free," the older brother said.
Witnesses who found the body say he had wounds indicating someone had hurt him.
"I kinda tipped over and looked and I seen his forehead when I seen his forehead I said yeah that's him," said Carl Williams who found the boy's body. "He was bloody in the mouth I don't know if he's missing any teeth but he didn't have too many in his mouth. His fists were balled up he could have been in a defense type position."
Sida Osman was last seen late Tuesday afternoon playing at an apartment complex in the 4800 block of Virgil Street on the east side of the city.
By Wednesday afternoon, a crime scene was being taped off in a Fort Worth neighborhood. The body appeared to have been found in a backyard of a home.
Cyquinthia Portley was with Carl Williams. Portley suggested there were others who already knew the boy's body was there. "A young lady flagged us down and told us that word on the street was the little boy was behind Prince Hall Apartment next to a church at a vacant house in the backyard."
Police went door-to-door Tuesday night and launched a helicopter to search for the missing child. They resumed the search Wednesday morning with blood hounds, a mounted patrol and the helicopter.
Family members struggled with why and how this could have happened to the boy.
"We didn't expect this. We expected to see him alive come back to the house smiling happy something like that we didn't expect this to happen," said Sida Osman's uncle Mohamed Elmi.
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