Possible serial killer targeting Muslims in New Mexico

Possible serial killer targeting Muslims in New Mexico

Authorities are investigating the chance {that a} serial killer has been searching Muslim individuals in Albuquerque, New Mexico after 4 males of the religion have been murdered there previously yr.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham stated Saturday that she deployed extra state police to assist with the probe into the “focused killings.”

“The focused killings of Muslim residents of Albuquerque is deeply angering and wholly insupportable,” she wrote on Twitter.

“We won’t cease in our pursuit of justice for the victims and their households and are bringing each useful resource to bear to apprehend the killer or killers — and we WILL discover them,” the Democrat stated in a press release.

She added: “I’m angered and saddened that that is taking place in New Mexico, a spot that prides itself on variety of tradition and thought. This isn’t who we’re.”

The assertion didn’t present particulars on whether or not investigators have any leads or affirm if the killings are linked.

An unnamed Muslim man was murdered Friday evening, following the capturing of Muhammad Afzaal Hussain on Monday, police stated.

Hussain’s killing comes after Aftab Hussein was murdered on July 26 and Mohammad Ahmadi was killed in November 2021.

Hussain and Hussein have been each Pakistani and went to the identical mosque, based on the New York Instances. The slayings have prompted an outcry in Albuquerque’s close-knit Muslim neighborhood. Lower than one % of the 2 million individuals in New Mexico are Muslim, based on the Pew Analysis Heart.

Ahmad Assed, president of the Islamic Heart of New Mexico, condemned the collection of murders towards Muslims within the Albuquerque neighborhood.Chancey Bush/The Albuquerque Journal by way of AP

Mourners sprinkle grime over the grave of Muhammad Afzaal Hussain throughout his burial at Fairview Memorial Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Aug. 5, 2022. Chancey Bush/The Albuquerque Journal by way of AP

“We’re extremely sickened with the concept that somebody has this a lot hate towards harmless individuals,” Ahmad Assed, chief of the Islamic Heart of New Mexico, stated, based on the Instances. “We’re scared for our households, we’re scared for our youngsters. And we’re extremely confused about why that is taking place.”

President Biden expressed solidarity with the native Muslim neighborhood on Sunday.

“Whereas we await a full investigation, my prayers are with the victims’ households, and my administration stands strongly with the Muslim neighborhood,” Biden stated in a Twitter put up. “These hateful assaults don’t have any place in America.”

Muhammad Afzaal Hussain was shot and killed close to his house in Albuquerque, New Mexico.Chancey Bush/The Albuquerque Journal by way of AP

Altaf Hussain, brother of Muhammad Afzaal Hussain, cries over his grave throughout his burial at Fairview Memorial Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Aug. 5, 2022.Chancey Bush/The Albuquerque Journal by way of AP

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