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Sahal and her daughter were traveling from St. Paul to a restaurant in the family's Toyota Highlander when she called family members to say she was in bumper-to-bumper traffic. That was the last anyone heard from her. Sahal was five months pregnant, expecting her second child with husband Mohamed Sahal.
Naomi Ryman only knew Sadiya Sahal for the eight weeks she taught her nursing-assistant classes at the International Institute. She beamed at the June 16 graduation, which little Hana attended.
"She was a confident, bright, friendly and often smiling young woman who seemed to be able to negotiate well between both cultures," Ryman said.
Sahal had immigrated from Somalia in 2000, graduated from Washburn High School and become a U.S. citizen last year.
Ryman has a handwritten essay Sahal wrote in February that talked about how happy she was to have her driver's license and a car with which to give rides.
"Her paragraph read: 'I am going to get a lot of opportunity in the United States, such as education, peace and better life. I am very happy.' "
Staff writer Bill McAuliffe contributed to this report. Curt Brown 612-673-4767 David Chanen 612-673-4465
M.L. Smith 612-673-4595