ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Albuquerque police have announced a new lead in the investigation into the potentially related murders of four Muslim men in Albuquerque.
The police have a vehicle of interest and they want the public’s help in finding it.
“We have learned about what happened, we have leads, we are going to talk about it today and we have been clear from the start, whatever intolerance, violence, targeted violence has not no place in Albuquerque and we won’t stop until this perpetrator is found and brought to justice,” Mayor Tim Keller said.
Authorities are asking the public for help locating a dark grey/silver four-door Volkswagen sedan with tinted windows. Police say the vehicle appears to be a Jetta.
A mobile command post will be set up in the city to allow people to access services or provide information.
Keller says the city is very concerned about student safety with APS starting in a few days. He said the city is working with APS police and will provide meals to members of the Muslim community who are afraid to leave their homes.
The four victims whose killings police say may be linked are: Mohammad Zahir Ahmadi who was killed last year, Aftab Hussein, Muhammad Afzaal Hussain and KOB 4 confirmed the identity of the most recent victim with multiple sources in the Muslim community such as Naeem Hussain, a man in his twenties, born in Pakistan.
The latest shooting occurred Saturday at Truman and Grand, near San Mateo, and it’s also near a location for refugee services. Police said they responded just after midnight and found a man dead.
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“I think it’s too early to comment on this or classify it with a term like that right now, it’s an alarming death that connects to others as far as we can tell, so we’ll focus on that and focus with our federal partners,” said Gilbert Gallegos, ODA Public Information Officer.
APD stressed the importance of help from the public which could be critical in cases like these. Reward money is available to anyone who has information in this case. The Albuquerque police have a $20,000 reward and there is a $10,000 reward from “CAIR” – the Council on American Islamic Relations.
CAIR representatives say people should reach out to members of the Muslim community during this time and, of course, be safe.
“We’ve never seen something like this, something so systematic, something that happens over a long period of time, targeting multiple people with one killer who is still at large,” said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, deputy director from CAIR.
This developing business is also attracting the attention of state and national leaders.
Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham spoke for the first time on Sunday.
“I am incredibly angry about this situation. Every New Mexican should stand up and be against this kind of hate. He has no place in this town, and he has no place in our state,” Lujan Grisham said.
US President Biden tweeted about the situation saying he “is angry and saddened by the horrific killings and his prayers go out to the families of the victims.”
US Vice President Harris also tweeted about the killings, saying the administration stands with the Muslim community in New Mexico and the country.