Somali community asks for help for children after mother of 5 hit by train

Published: Oct. 25, 2016 at 8:37 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 25, 2016 at 9:39 PM EDT
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Dool Gure was found dead on train tracks on West Kentucky Street on Monday. (Source: Driver's...
Dool Gure was found dead on train tracks on West Kentucky Street on Monday. (Source: Driver's license photo)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The Louisville Metro Police Department says a woman was hit by a Norfolk Southern train on the railroad tracks, but police say they're still not sure how she got there.

The body of Dool Gure, 32, was discovered on the tracks in the 2900 block of West Kentucky Street not far from her Greenwood Avenue home. Gure
was married with five children.

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"All the community, what we want to know is how did that happen and we're all very sad about the loss," said friend and Somali community leader Farhan Abdi.

He says Gure left Somalia behind to pursue the American dream for her family, now she leaves behind five children and her husband Adankheir Mohamed.

"She came here ten years ago," Abdi said. "She came to live a better life coming from Somalia, a war torn country."

Mohamad tells WAVE 3 News he was working at his job at Amazon on Monday when police say Gure was hit by the Norfolk Southern train. Investigators say how and why Gure was on the tracks is still a mystery right now.

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Neighbor Crystal Sanders said, "It just breaks my heart that those kids are going to be without their mother now."

Abdi said of Gure, "She was a mother, a housewife and she was always coming to the community and you know to talk to the people."

Friend and Somali community member Idriss Sharif said, "This is a very sad situation."

"In our culture, Somali culture, mothers are the ones who take a big role in the family, they are the ones who cook for the family, support the kids, put the kids to the bus stop, they are very important in our culture, every culture," Abdi added. "We understand but a mother, nobody can replace that position."

Knowing how badly the husband and children need support, friends are setting up a GoFundMe account to help with funeral costs and other expenses.

LMPD says they have no new information on the case, but are still calling this a death investigation.

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