Maine Sudanese leader dies in crash in homeland

Posted June 24, 2009, at 2:59 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A leader of Maine’s Sudanese community whose son was the victim of an unsolved slaying in Portland has died in a traffic accident in his homeland.

Gov. John Baldacci said Wednesday he’s saddened to learn of the death of Angelo Okot, chairman of the Sudanese Association in Maine.

The governor quotes members of Okot’s family as saying he was killed after he returned to Sudan to help his people.

Baldacci recalled that he and other officials met with Okot and representatives of the Sudanese community last month to discuss the community’s safety concerns.

Okot’s son, James Angelo, was shot and killed last September outside Mercy Hospital, where he worked as a security guard. Police said this month that Angelo, who was 27, may have been caught in the middle of drug-related gunfire.

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