CLEVELAND (CBS Cleveland) — A dying Cleveland girl who nearly saw her final wish come true after her community raised $120,000 for her instead fell victim to an alleged cold-hearted crook accused of taking every penny.

Sabreen Haq was 14 when she passed away from an inoperable brain tumor last year. Her dying wish was to move out of the cramped confines of the apartment her family lived in so she could pass on in the comfort of her very own bedroom.

Her Rocky River community was so touched by her story they raised $120,000 to grant her wish.

The family made a mistake, however, when they gave the money to a cousin, Hamza Abuhamdeh, to purchase the home where Sabreen could live out her last few months.

Abuhamdeh, 36, did in fact buy a house – but he wound up renting it to someone else. Now he’s being charged with three counts of theft.

Sabreen died in her tiny apartment, living her final days in her bed in the living room.

CBS affiliate WOIO tracked down the man they’re calling the “smug thug” and his response was as cold as his crime. An Action 19 News confronted Abuhamdeh and asked him what he was thinking.

“Of what?” he responded with a grin. “Ask my lawyer. He can give you information.”

When asked again what he was thinking, his response: “Nothing.”

And when the reporter mentioned that he stole the wish of a dying girl? “We’re all gonna die,” he said.

sabreen Man Who Allegedly Stole Girls Dying Wish: Were All Gonna Die

Sabreen Haq never got to the live in the house she wished for because her cousin allegedly stole the money raised for her. (

Sabreen’s family told the station that the girl’s mother was angry and cried when shown video of the suspect’s response.

“It was rude, chewing his gum and smiling at us like he doesn’t care,” said Yasmin Suleiman, Sabreen’s sister. “It was hard for me to watch her not get her wish.”

Abuhamdeh claims he is repaying the family back the money — $100,000 so far and $20,000 still to come. The girl’s mother said she plans on using the money to help other sick children, since it’s too late to help her daughter.

Abuhamdeh said he wished that every child got to have his or her wishes come true. The reporter asked Abuhamdeh if Sabreenn ever got to live in the house that she so wished for.

“She [lives] in a better house now,” he coldly responded.

Action 19 News dug deeper and discovered what else they believe Abuhamdeh may have done with the money. Click here for that story.

Comments (24)
  1. Dev_Null says:

    I’m not a violent person at all but I think I’d like to punch that fellow in the face until I just couldn’t swing my fist any more.

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  2. Lenny says:

    The guts of this guy to be so smug about cheating his dead cousin out of her desire, of which that money was meant for!

    And such a smarmy response too; “We’re all gonna die.” Hopefully when his time comes, he gets screwed over just as badly.

  3. wtf says:

    so he says he did nothing wrong, but says he is paying the money back? and the mother confirmed this to be true?

    No idea whats going on in this shoddy journalism. Please go back to college.

  4. Leonardo says:

    Hope he uses the money for plastic surgery, because that is one ugly dude!

  5. Brady says:

    If what goes around, comes around, he’s in for a hell of a ride.

  6. Sum Yung Gai says:

    Hamza Abuhamdeh should be very careful while walking the streets of Cleveland, now that his picture has been published.
    Good luck, dick.

  7. abloobloo says:

    hey look a news article comment section! hold up i gotta figure out how this is all obama’s fault somehow

    1. mark says:

      It is Don’t Worry.HA

  8. Nurman says:

    Sociopaths enjoy watching others in pain. Keep him under watch before he hurts someone.

    1. Jolie says:

      I agree wholeheartedly! He is a red flag for sociopathy.

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    If he were a banker or politician this behavior would have been lucratively rewarded.

    Anyone who says muslims don’t assimilate well into US culture need to be shown this video. They’re apparently doing a wonderful job.

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  10. Jamie says:

    Yo, this is a year-old story, right? Weird.

    See Cleveland Plain Dealer Aug. 3, 2010

    Just Google Hamza Abouhamdeh and see all the links from Aug. 2010.

  11. caligula says:

    He’s a Muzzie. ‘Nuff said. They hate women. The only thing they like about women is raping them. Ask Norway. 99% of rapes done by immigrant Muzzies. Stop them at the gates.

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  12. chris says:

    Karma is a boomerang…as for everybody dying. It’s true, that. May yours be swift.

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