“These shootings are disturbing,” Albuquerque Police Chief Harold Medina said. “We are putting all possible resources into these investigations.”
The fourth man, who has not been identified, was killed on Friday evening. According to a police news release, 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.
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.
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.”
The 27-year-old victim was a ‘brilliant public servant’
Hussain, who was killed on August 1, worked on the city planning team in Española, New Mexico, and Mayor John Ramon Vigil was ‘deeply saddened’ to learn of the man’s death 27 years old.
“Muhammad was sweet and kind, and quick to laugh,” Vigil said in a press release last Wednesday. “He was highly respected and appreciated by his colleagues and members of the community.”
Hussain, who had worked for the office for a year, studied law and human resource management at Punjab University in Pakistan, the mayor’s statement said, before earning master’s and bachelor’s degrees in community planning. and regional from the University of New Mexico.
Hussain’s interest, the mayor’s office said, “was to improve conditions and inclusion for disadvantaged minorities.”
“Our municipal staff lost a member of our family, and we all lost a brilliant public servant who wanted to serve and better his community,” the mayor’s statement read.
“We thank local, state, and federal law enforcement for their continued work on this crisis, and we call on the Biden administration to ensure 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,” CAIR Deputy National Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell said in the statement.
CNN’s Michelle Watson and Dakin Andone contributed to this report.