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Unresolved killings of 4 Muslim men in Albuquerque leaves local community on high alert

  • The deaths of Muhammad Afzaal Hussain, 27; Aftab Hussein, 41; Naeem Hussain, 25; and Mohammad Ahmadi, 62, have alarmed members of the local Muslim community in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  • Albuquerque police have started investigating links between the four killings, which all involved victims of Muslim and South Asian descent.
  • As the murders remain unsolved, many members of the local Muslim community are opting to stay indoors.
  • On Sunday, U.S. President Joe Biden denounced the killings, writing on Twitter that “these hateful attacks have no place in America.”
  • Investigators said they are now on the lookout for a vehicle that they suspected was linked to the crimes: a dark gray or silver four-door Volkswagen, possibly a Jetta, with tinted windows.
  • To speed up the investigation, the local Crime Stoppers Board has increased the reward for any relevant information that could lead to an arrest to $20,000.

The deaths of four Muslim men in Albuquerque, New Mexico, whose killings are now believed to be linked, have caused a panic among members of the local Muslim community.

Muhammad Afzaal Hussain, 27; Aftab Hussein, 41; and Naeem Hussain, 25, were killed within a span of two weeks, while Mohammad Ahmadi, 62, died in a shooting back in November 2021.

New documentary on Sihui Fang, Albuquerque spa owner who died fighting off robbers, in the works

salon owner documentary

A documentary filmmaker is taking on the story of Sihui Fang, a spa owner in Albuquerque, New Mexico, who died earlier this year after fighting off armed robbers.

Fang, 45, was shot and killed on the night of Jan. 24 inside her spa, Wonderful Massage. According to local authorities, Fang was involved in a shoot-out with murder and robbery suspects Juan Carlos Hernandez, 18, and Jorge Rivera-Ramirez, 19.

Albuquerque adopts language access and anti-Asian hate bills

Albuquerque adopts language access and anti-Asian hate bills

The city of Albuquerque in New Mexico has adopted two legislations that will benefit its Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community amid the surge in hate incidents brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

About the bills: Mayor Tim Keller signed the language access bill and the anti-AAPI hate bill in a virtual ceremony on Monday. The former aims to “make information and services more accessible to all city residents, regardless of their ability or English proficiency,” while the latter focuses on “condemning harmful rhetoric, racist acts and hate crimes targeting Asian-Pacific Americans” while also vowing to provide support to victims and the general AAPI community.