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Police say a fourth Muslim man has been shot and killed in Albuquerque. They believe his death may be connected to the murders of three other Muslim men in the metro, per KOB 4.
The most recent killing happened early Saturday morning. Police say they responded to the area of Truman and Grand just after midnight. Upon arrival, police say they found a Muslim man shot and killed. This happened near San Mateo and was right outside Lutheran Family Services – an organization which helps refugees.
KOB 4 confirmed with multiple people in the Muslim community that the man killed overnight was Naeem Hussain.
The first victim possibly linked to this case is Mohammad Zahir Ahmadi, who was killed last year. The second victim is Aftab Hussein who was murdered less than two weeks ago. Muhammad Afzaal Hussain is the third victim who was killed Monday night.
Now, Naeem Hussain, who was the man killed on Saturday.
Islamophobia: irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against Islam or people who practice Islam.
Islamophobia has steadily been on the rise since 9/11. As the “war on terror” raged on abroad, Muslims were scrutinized within public, political and media discourses domestically. Consistently stigmatizing Muslims made it easy to propagate Islamophobic rhetoric and soon words became actions, leaving those who many Americans accused of terrorism now terrified in their own communities.
According to KOB 4, police have not said whether they believe one person or multiple suspects carried out these heinous attacks, but they did give an update on their investigation Saturday afternoon. The main message from law enforcement was that they need the public’s help to catch whoever is targeting Muslim men.