Report: Moussa murder suspect confessed to killing her

Nebiyu Ebrahim, the suspect in the murder of 16-year-old Jholie Moussa, is said to have made a videotaped confession to police after being arrested, NBC Washington reported Friday.

A detective who investigated Moussa’s murdered testified today that Ebrahim, 18, described in detail how he killed the Mount Vernon High School student on the day she went missing. Ebrahim is said to have told detectives that he met Moussa at Woodlawn Park, where at one point he put Moussa in a chokehold that made her lose conciousness, and then choked her two more times before hiding her body.

Ebrahim mugshot


Ebrahim is then said to have told police he hid Moussa’s body in the park, where it was found two weeks later by police. Ebrahim also told detectives how he removed the SIM card from her phone, and threw it in a pond near Frye Road.

Moussa was last seen alive on the afternoon of Friday, January 12, when she walked out of her home in the Mount Zephyr area. Her family reported her missing the next day.

Initially police believed that Moussa had run away, and an initial search of Woodlawn Park failed to locate her body. She was found on Jan. 26 after another search of the park. Police soon announced that they had a “person of interest” in the case, although they did not name Ebrahim at the time because he was a juvenile.

Ebrahim lived with his parents in the Woodlawn area and attended Mount Vernon, but was transferred to Bryant Alternative School after assaulting Moussa during an incident prior to her disappearance, according to NBC Washington. Ebrahim was later charged and convicted of assault in that case.

Read the full report on NBC Washington.