New Mexico: Prime suspect in murder of 4 Muslim men arrested  

SuchTV  |  Aug 10, 2022

New Mexico: Prime suspect in murder of 4 Muslim men arrested  
After days of bolstering security around Albuquerque-area mosques, seeking to allay fears of a shooter driven by anti-Muslim hate, police said on Tuesday they had arrested 51-year-old man, one among the city's immigrant Muslims.

Authorities said the killings may have been rooted in a personal grudge, possibly with intra-Muslim sectarian overtones.

All four victims were of Afghan or Pakistani descent. One was killed in November, and the other three in the last two weeks.

A search of the suspect's Albuquerque home uncovered "evidence that shows the offender knew the victims to some extent, and an inter-personal conflict may have led to the shootings," police said in a statement announcing the arrest.

Investigators are still piecing together motives for the killings of the four men, Deputy Commander Kyle Hartsock of the Albuquerque Police Department said at a news conference.

In response to reporters' questions, Hartsock said sectarian animus by the suspect toward his fellow Muslim victims may have played a role in the violence. "But we're not really clear if that was the actual motive, or if it was part of a motive, or if there is just a bigger picture that we're missing," he said.

The suspect has a record of criminal misdemeanours in the United States, including a case of domestic violence, over the last three or four years, Hartsock said.

 

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