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The Targeted Albuquerque Killings

TW: Violence, killing, racism 


Fears of a racist serial killer on the loose have been stoked by the recent string of murders, shocking the city and rocking the small, close-knit Muslim community in the Albuquerque area.


 


Sharief Hadi, a proprietor of a halal market and cafe, emigrated from Afghanistan to the United States in the 1980s in search of a life he believed would be safer. However, Hadi's trust in the American dream has been shaken by the recent killings of four Muslim men in the city, including his brother Mohammad Zaher Ahmadi. "I believed I was dreaming, but it's not a dream. On the contrary”. In a phone conversation on Monday, Hadi, 73, stated, "They took the precious life of my brother. My life is not important to me anymore."


 


Authorities in Albuquerque suspect there may be a connection between the deaths of Ahmadi, 62, Aftab Hussein, 41, Muhammad Afzaal Hussain, 27, and Naeem Hussain, 25. According to reports made on Sunday by the authorities, who stated they had located a "vehicle of interest" linked to all four murders, the FBI supports local authorities in their investigation. However, according to the police, a motive has not yet been found.


 


The four victims' mosque, the Islamic Center of New Mexico, was run by Ahmad Assed, who described himself as "broken" and "devastated," along with the rest of the community as being "disheartened." Members of the Muslim community, according to Assed, "feel certain helpless”, as their entire universe seems to have turned on its head. 


 


Everyone is quite dejected and eagerly awaiting an explanation, he continued. Assed says the Islamic Center is the hub for neighborhood residents' social contacts. Many local Muslims have opted to stay at home following the deaths because they feel comfortable there and "not take chances to come to the mosque," he claimed. The proprietor of the halal market, Hadi, concurred. He claimed that Muslim residents of the region are too afraid to venture outside for fear of being senselessly shot and killed.


"They are unwilling to visit the store. They are reluctant to go pray. They do not desire to visit the mosque, "Hadi spoke while becoming more enraged. He continued by saying that his own company had just suffered.


 


Police say Ahmadi was slain on November 7. A few months later, three more Muslim men perished at the hands of gunmen: Pakistani-born Aftab Hussein was assassinated on July 26, Muhammad Afzaal Hussain's body was discovered on the pavement last Monday, and before midnight, Naeem Hussain was also found dead on Friday.


 


Hussain’s body was found in the parking area of Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains, a charity that had assisted him in relocating to Albuquerque. According to his brother-in-law, Ehsan Shahalami, Hussain was born in Pakistan and fled to the United States as a refugee several years ago in search of better chances. On July 8, he received his citizenship.


 


Muhammad Imtiaz Hussain, Muhammad Afzaal Hussain's brother, told NBC News that he is terrified for his life and is tormented by the fact that his brother was shot and killed close to what appeared to be typical residential streets - "places my kids go for bike riding."


 


The country's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy group, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, announced that it was offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the capture of those responsible for the killings. In a tweet posted on Sunday, President Joe Biden condemned the killings and expressed his solidarity. The POTUS mention, “my are prayers with the families of the victims, and my administration stands solidly with the Muslim community." He firmly reinstated, “America has no place for these vile attacks”. 


 


The four individuals leave behind family members, acquaintances, and coworkers who cannot comprehend the carnage.


 


Hussain’s body was found in the parking area of Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains, a charity that had assisted him in relocating to Albuquerque. According to his brother-in-law, Ehsan Shahalami, Hussain was born in Pakistan and fled to the United States as a refugee several years ago in search of better chances. On July 8, he received his citizenship.


 


Edited by: Ayona Mitra 


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