A fourth Muslim has been killed in Albuquerque after authorities say 3 similar killings may be linked

“These shootings are disturbing,” Albuquerque Police Department Chief Harold Medina said Saturday. press conference. “We are putting all possible resources into these investigations.”
The FBI is helping with the investigation, the police department said in A press release.
New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham also said on Twitter that she was sending additional state troopers to the city to work with local and federal authorities to bring “the killer(s) to justice – and they WILL be found.”
“The targeted killings of Muslim residents of Albuquerque are deeply shocking and completely intolerable,” the governor said. tweeted. “We will continue to do all we can to support the Muslim community of Albuquerque and Greater New Mexico during this difficult time. You are New Mexicans, you are welcome here and we stand with you.”

Albuquerque police officers responded just before midnight Friday to reports of a shooting in the area of ​​Truman St. and Grand Ave., and found the victim dead, according to the police department’s news release. The victim, a Muslim man believed to be in his mid-20s, was from South Asia, police said. His identity has not been formally confirmed, the statement added.

3 Muslim men in Albuquerque were murdered.  Police are investigating possible links to the same killer
The man’s death came a day after authorities determined there was a link between the killings of Muhammed Afzaal Hussain, 27, and Aftab Hussein, 41, both Muslim and from Pakistan, who been killed in southeast Albuquerque in the past two weeks. Detectives are working to determine if the November murder of Mohammad Ahmadi, a Muslim from Afghanistan, was also linked. Ahmadi was killed outside a business he ran with his brother, police said.
The victims in the first three cases were all “ambushed without warning, shot and killed”, Kyle Hartsock, deputy commander of the police department’s Criminal Investigations Division, previously said.

“Our top priority is to keep the community safe and we ask the Muslim community in particular, to be vigilant, to look out for each other. If you see something say something,” he said on Saturday. the chief of police. “Evil will not prevail.”

There is a $15,000 reward for information that helps lead to an arrest, authorities said.

“Albuquerque is on edge right now, and I want to make it clear that we, and our law enforcement partners, are directing all possible resources to these cases,” Mayor Tim Keller said in a statement. A declaration. “We will protect our community and bring the perpetrator of these crimes to justice.”
In A press release On Saturday, the Council on American-Islamic Relations announced that it was increasing its reward to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

“The lives of Albuquerque’s Muslims are in danger. The person responsible for this horrific hate shooting must be identified and arrested — now,” CAIR Deputy National Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell said in a statement.

“We thank local, state, and federal law enforcement for their continued work on this crisis, and we call on the Biden administration to ensure that authorities have all the resources necessary to both protect the Muslim community of Albuquerque and arrest those responsible for these horrific crimes before they claim more innocent lives,” Mitchell added in the statement.

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