There is “reason to think” that the death of a fourth Muslim man who was killed overnight in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is connected to the deaths of three other Muslim males who have recently been killed.
Chief of the Albuquerque Police Department Harold Medina remarked during a news conference on Saturday that “these shootings are alarming.” We are investing every available resource in these inquiries.
According to a news statement from the police department, the FBI is supporting the investigation.
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The governor of New Mexico, Michelle Lujan Grisham, also announced on Twitter that she was sending more state police officers to the area to cooperate with local and federal law enforcement to find and bring “the killer or killers to justice.”
The governor tweeted, “The targeted assassinations of Muslim people of Albuquerque is extremely angering and completely reprehensible.” “Throughout this trying time, we will keep doing everything in our power to support the Muslim community in Albuquerque and the rest of New Mexico. We support you because you are from New Mexico and are welcome here.”
According to a news release from the police department, when Albuquerque police officers arrived just before midnight on Friday to investigate allegations of a shooting near Truman Street and Grand Avenue, they discovered the victim had passed away. According to authorities, the victim was a Muslim male from South Asia who was in his mid-20s. The announcement also stated that his identification had not been positively established.
The man’s passing occurred the day after officials came to the conclusion that there was a link between the recent murders of Muhammed Afzaal Hussain, 27, and Aftab Hussein, 41, both Muslims from Pakistan, who were both assassinated in southeast Albuquerque. Detectives are trying to figure out if the murder of Afghan Muslim Mohammad Ahmadi in November was also connected. Police reported that Ahmadi was killed outside of the company he and his brother owned.
According to Kyle Hartsock, deputy commander of the police department’s Criminal Investigations Division, the victims in the first three cases were all “ambushed without warning, fired on, and killed.”
“Our top goal is maintaining community safety, therefore we specifically ask the Muslim community to be alert and watch out for one another. Say something if you see something
“On Saturday, the police chief remarked. Evil will not triumph.
Authorities have established a $15,000 prize for information that results in an arrest.
Mayor Tim Keller issued a statement saying, “Albuquerque is on edge right now, and I want to be clear that we, and our colleagues across law enforcement, are directing every available resource to these cases.” “We will defend our neighborhood and bring those responsible for these crimes to account.”
The Council on American-Islamic Relations stated on Saturday that it was increasing its prize for information that results in the capture and conviction of the criminals to $10,000.
“Muslims in Albuquerque risk losing their lives. It is urgent that the perpetrator of this awful, vile shooting spree be found and stopped “Edward Ahmed Mitchell, the deputy national director of CAIR, stated in a statement.
In the statement, Mitchell added, “We thank local, state, and federal law enforcement for their ongoing work on this crisis. We call the Biden administration to ensure that authorities have the resources necessary to both protect the Albuquerque Muslim community and put an end to those responsible for these horrific crimes before they claim more innocent lives.