In Albuquerque, New Mexico, police are asking for the public’s help in finding a dark-colored sedan implicated in the murders of several Muslim men who were ambushed and shot dead in separate incidents.
At a news conference on Sunday, Albuquerque police asked anyone with information about a dark-colored four-door Volkswagen, possibly a Jetta or Passat, with potentially damaged tinted windows, to contact police “as soon as possible.”
Mayor Tim Keller said police believe the car was used Friday nightAn unidentified Muslim man in Albuquerque.
“We’ve got some insight into what’s going on, we’ve got some leads,” Keller told reporters on Sunday. “We have a strong lead, a tool of interest. We don’t know what it’s related to or who has it. it.”
Friday’s killings are believed to be related to three previous ambush murders of Muslim men, Albuquerque Police Chief Harold Medina said at a news conference Saturday afternoon.
“As with the first three murders we mentioned on Thursday, there is reason to believe that this death is related to those shootings,” Medina said.
according to albuquerque magazineMuhammed Afzaal Hussain, 27, was shot dead on 1 August, while Aftab Hussein, 41, was killed on 26 July. Both are from Pakistan and belong to the same mosque.
Their deaths follow the killing of Mohammad Ahmadi, a 62-year-old South Asian Muslim, in November 2021. Ahmadi was killed behind a market and cafe he owned with his brother.
Albuquerque police had previously said it was “very likely” that the three previous homicides were linked, The Wall Street Journal reported.
On Saturday, the Albuquerque Police Department created a public portal Anyone can upload any video or picture to find out about the murders of Muslim men in the region over the past nine months. Police have not confirmed whether the lead on the vehicle came from the portal.
A spate of murders has rocked Albuquerque’s Muslim community. Police said on Sunday it was too early to tell whether the murders would be classified as hate crimes.
President Joe Biden tweet On Sunday morning, he was upset by the killing and offered his condolences to the families affected.
“I am outraged and saddened by the horrific killing of four Muslim men in Albuquerque,” Mr Biden tweeted. “While we await a full investigation, my prayers are with the families of the victims and my administration stands firmly with the Muslim community. These hate attacks have no place in America.”
Vice President Kamala Harris tweet She was “deeply disturbed” by the killing and said the White House stands with the Muslim community as police continue to investigate.
“I am deeply disturbed by the killing of four Muslim men in Albuquerque,” Harris tweeted. “As law enforcement continues to investigate these heinous attacks, we remain clear that we stand with New Mexico and the Muslim community around our country. Hate has no place in America.”
Council on American-Islamic Relations Saturday Announce $10,000 reward for information leading to arrest.
“This tragedy affects not only the Muslim community, but all Americans,” Nihad Awad, CAIR’s national executive director, said in a statement Saturday. “We must stand united against hate and violence, regardless of the race, creed or background of the victim or perpetrator. We urge anyone with knowledge of these crimes to come forward by contacting law enforcement.”