Four South Asian Muslim men murdered in New Mexico. Fear has gripped some parts of parts of Albuquerque, New Mexico. This is a community which has received immigrants with open arms.
Police are investigating any connections between the murders. Police discovered 25-year-old Naeem Hussain dead after responding to reports of a gunshot just before midnight on Friday. Hussain was a former Pakistani immigrant. He had recently became a citizen of the US.
His death came two weeks after the ambush murders of Muhammad Afzaal Hussein, 27, and Aftab Hussein, 41. The fourth murder, that of Afghan Muslim Mohammad Ahmadi, who was assassinated in November of last year, is also noteworthy.
The deputy commander of the Criminal Investigations Division of the Albuquerque Police Department, claimed that the race and religion of all the victims shared a significant similarity.
A vice president of the Islamic Center of New Mexico said these killings has created fear within a Muslim community . They have not experienced hate crimes in the past. He made this statement to CNN on Monday. Abdele Rahman observed that there was “really (an) overwhelming sensation of fear.” He alleged all four of these men were killed simply because of their color and origin.
Political figures from New Mexico and other states have shown their sympathy in response to the killings. The Democratic governor of the state, Michelle Lujan Grisham, said, “This is not who we are,” adding that New Mexico takes pride in its variety of opinion and culture. Vice President Kamala Harris and President Joe Biden both made statements. Biden posted on Twitter, “My condolences are with the families of the victims, and my Administration stands solidly with the Muslim community.”
Supportive gestures alone, however, are unable to calm the fear sparked by the potential for a premeditated murderous plot. Although charges don’t seem likely, police have released a photo of a blue Volkswagen that they are referring to as a vehicle of interest in the case. According to what they say, God willing, Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, “I hope, Inshallah, we will have a suspect in custody soon.”