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Muslims Relieved and Confused After Albuquerque Murder Case arrest | New Mexico

It was modern murder secret: who killed four Muslims men in Albkerke, NM since November? And there was the same person responsible?

There were no strong leads in the beginning. Some have speculated that the killings were hate crimes, possibly perpetrated by a far-right white supremacist, as fear pierced the hearts. of local Islamic community.

However, now prime suspect one of this tight-knit community is very own, perhaps furious that its daughter married to a “wrong” Islamic sect.

The authority theory caused shock outside of New Mexico’s largest city, where longtime resident Alav Aldilemi could not understand it.

“We have a free country here – why did he do this?” said Aldilemi, a Shia Muslim who regularly visits the café of his Sunni friend. “We are not live in Iraq or Afghanistan. We live in America.”

Nonetheless, arrest of Suspect Mohammed Syed, 51, proposes a small measure of world community whose members began to avoid visiting out in the evening when it was not clear whether they would become a victim of a predator on a killing fun. And this also meant that deaths were not ignored, regardless of of victims’ national origin or faith, as some, including those close to them, feared that they might.

Among those who disturbed his relative death you could forget it was 73-year-old Sharif Hadi, now sole owner of Ariana, after him brother Mohammad “Zahir” Ahmadi, 62, was killed there. last year.

Two brothers, originally from Afghanistan but longtime residents of Albuquerque, ran a grocery store store and cafe for many years together before their partnership ended tragically, he explained recently, pouring cup of hot tea.

Muslims worship during Friday prayers at the Islamic Center of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images

On November 7, Ahmadi went behind in store smoke a cigarette when he was shot.

“This business was his hope,” Hadi said. “He loved it business. He cooked all the time for people. He was perfect.”

Hadi remembers almost every detail of the day Ahmadi was killed. He remembers how he was going home meet early with friend and seeing Ahmadi dozing on sofa in cafe in front of it left – his last memory of his brother. He did not forget the terrible chill that ran through him. body when a nearby salesman called him and told him to check on his store – especially since Ahmadis never made it home.

When Hadi arrived, the officer told him, “Your brother committed suicide.”

“I asked: “What are you talking about?” Hadi. addedtelling how investigators took his brother body before he tried to erase up dried blood and marrow that still remained.

Hadi mourned. He installed camera behind in the store near where the afghan in the purple handkerchief turned the dough into a large exposed cake. in showcase.

He expressed his sympathy with nearby jeweler who introduced herself only as Jennifer, a Native American with dark, smoothback braid who reported by Ahmadi body to the police and, very upset, threw plans publicize it business.

which disturbed her about the violent actions of Ahmadis death is that “he was… happy to be here,” she said, adding that he was trying to teach her how bake the bread store Sales. “He had dream. He worked hard. He worked harder than some Americans.”

Nonetheless, like Hadi, she was afraid that the investigators would never challenge the officer’s initial guess that Ahmadi had committed suicide.

Muhammad Afzaal Hussein, 27 years old.
Muhammad Afzaal Hussein, 27 years old. Photo: AP

The situation began to change when 41-year-old Aftab Hussein was shot dead death less than three miles from Ahmadi and Hadi store on 26 July. After six days a little more than four miles from there, 27-year-Old Muhammad Afzaal Hussain was shot dead dead outside his apartment building.

As well as, hours after attending a memorial service for Hussein and Hussein on August 5, 25-year-Old Naeem Hussain was shot dead death in same general area.

The police couldn’t ignore the similarities between the murders and their investigation sped up. All three men were Albuquerque residents from Pakistan. They were not related, but had different variations. of same last name and were killed in just several miles of each other.

The authorities recognized their religious faith and national origin may be made them goals. It sparked rumors of fueled by hate killing fun that can be back how much death of Ahmadi in a state in which hate crimes target race and religion have highest amount of victims, among other things, reported hate crimes.

Even Joe Biden weighed in. The president tweeted that he was “outraged and saddened by the horrific killings.” of four Muslims men in Albuquerque.”

Police release description and CCTV footage of a silvery four-door Volkswagen that appears to have been linked to at least a couple of killings when some Albuquerque Muslims locked themselves in in them homes or considered a fugitive. Criminals and Council on American Islamic Relations offered a combined reward of $30,000 for information leading to the killer.

hundreds of tips about carpoured location in. On August 9, authorities spotted Syed driving the vehicle. vehicle 100 miles from the New Mexico border with Texas and stopped him. They are found shell casings matching those found at the scene of the murder of Aftab Hussein and Muhammad Hussein, as well as with a gun.

Prayer Vigil at the Islamic Center of New Mexico after arrest of    Muhammad Sayed, suspect in recent killings of Muslim men in    Albuquerque.
Prayer Vigil at the Islamic Center of New Mexico after arrest of Muhammad Sayed, suspect in recent killings of Muslim men in Albuquerque. Photo: Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Albuquerque Journal/ZUMA/REX/Shutterstock

He was charged in these two murders, although he pleaded not guilty, stating that he had fought for the American forces. in Afghanistan.

Police said they are continuing to investigate whether reason blame him with any other murders.

Detectives say they have not determined a motive, though they believe the dead were observed and ambushed, which Albuquerque police spokesman Gilbert Gallegos called “unusual.” for these parts.

“Most of killings are usually just selling drugs or road rage,” Gallegos said.

But small Afghan community who owned Syed eyes his with suspicion.

Although it family standing next to him, Syed has an extensive history of domestic violence, according to recently released police reports. His past the charges include assault on his wife, his son and the man is allegedly dating him daughter at the time though prosecutors eventually abandoned these cases.

Hadi said that brother and their employees had problems with Sayed – a regular buyer of them shop – before parting of killings broke out.

Independent of accusations against Syed, President of Alzahra Islamic Center, Mizan Kadhim, former Lutheran family service social worker, whose organization helps refugees settle in in area said he was “shocked and outraged” by his past.

“When you arrive in this country, everything you want make it be successful and live peaceful life,” Kadhim said. “I never thought about violence.”

Kadim – himself a refugee – wanted to give back to other refugees and the city he named home. He worked with Naeem Hussain of Lutheran Family Services. He said of all murders in his community recently that of his former friend and colleague suffered the most.

“It just was like huge relief for us when they caught [Syed] because fear in in community it was so bigKadhim added. “But the fear is still there. A little of my community members said they didn’t know if there is more of them… We never thought this would happen in America.”

Kadhim is in a unique position to feel the killings keenly. horror. He greeted Syed when he first arrived in Albuquerque from Afghanistan almost six years ago – and he did the same for a little of victims.

He often made home check-in visits in on Syed and his family when they were assigned to him. But although Kadhim said that Syed “was not a good person,” he never expected to be blamed. of murder.

Speculation about Syed possible motives for murder started to emerge in news media around the country and from friends. Kadhim said it was well known that Syed, a Sunni Muslim, was very unhappy with his daughter for marry a Shiite.

Hussein and Hussein may be Shia surnames and Ahmadi may be one, too much. Community members say they suspect last the names may have influenced victim selection, although authorities have not officially confirmed that this was Syed’s motive.

“He went crazy over this, Kadhim added.

This explanation is what if true – won’t ever sit well with Alaw Aldilemi, Shia Muslim who regularly patronizes Sunni-owned Café Yasmeen. on Central Avenue, Albuquerque’s “Main Street”, sitting on a portion of Route 66, US Historic Highway.

Aldilemi alluded to how Sunni and Shia Islamic sects agree on most of foundations of religion, and the split, in fact, occurs down to the views of the parties over who should successor to the founder of the faith, the Prophet Muhammad.

Most of Muslims in Albuquerque, hardly that difference worth argue over – significantly less killing forAldilemi said.

“We are all Sunnis and Shiites here,” Aldilemi. added gesticulating all over restaurant. “But this guy… he is not Shia. He is not a Sunni. He like people who have no brains.

Meanwhile Muslim Albuquerque community – Sunnis and Shiites alike – stand together again on in first Friday with Syed arrest shoulder to shoulder when the civic square was reflected with weekly call to prayer.

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Tyler Hromadka
Tyler Hromadka
Tyler is working as the Author at World Weekly News. He has a love for writing and have been writing for a few years now as a free-lancer.

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