BREAKING: Law enforcement believes fourth Muslim man killed at ABQ is linked to earlier homicides

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Albuquerque police said Friday night a fourth Muslim man was fatally shot in southeast Albuquerque. The victim’s name has not been released.

Attorney Ahmad Assed, who is president of the Islamic Center of New Mexico, expressed concern. “It’s a surreal time for us right now, our families and our children. It’s not just about the Muslim community. We still have a message of hope. We need to catch the perpetrator or perpetrators. Hate won’t win. He can’t win.

APD chief Harold Medina said there was reason to believe the four killings over the past nine months were linked. Law enforcement has been in constant contact with Albuquerque’s Islamic community leaders to provide security and safety when needed.

Law enforcement believes the killing of 27-year-old Muhammad Afzaal Hussain last Monday night, along with two other recent shootings involving Middle Eastern and Muslim residents, may be linked and motivated by race and/or gender. religion. Mohammad Ahmadi, a 62-year-old Afghan, was shot and killed in November as he stood outside his halal grocery store. In July, another man, a 41-year-old Afghan man named Aftab Hussein, was shot and killed outside his apartment.

Anyone with information about these crimes should contact Crime Stoppers at 505-843-STOP.