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New Mexico police charge suspect with murders of Muslims


Mourners sprinkle dirt over the grave of one of the murdered men. Associated Press/Photo by Chancey Bush/The Albuquerque Journal

New Mexico police charge suspect with murders of Muslims

Albuquerque police charged a 51-year-old man Tuesday with murdering two Muslim men and said he is a suspect in the murders of two others. The men’s killings incited fear in Muslim communities nationwide. The homicide of 25-year-old Naeem Hussain on Friday followed two killings the week before and one other murder last November.

Do we know the deaths are linked? Chief Harold Medina said earlier this week police have reason to believe the killings are related. The only commonalities in the deaths are the victims’ race and religion, but police have not yet determined whether the killings could be considered hate crimes.

Dig deeper: Read Emily Belz’s report from the WORLD archives about sitting with New York critics at a screening of Young Ahmed, a film about Islam.


Josh Schumacher

Josh is a breaking news reporter for WORLD. He’s a graduate of WORLD Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College.

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