Albuquerque, NM

Many Are in Panic due to the Recent Shootings Thought to Be Directed towards Muslim Men

Daniella Cressman

Four Muslim men have now been killed within the span of nine months.

Two were recently killed and, just after the funeral was held, another was murdered.

"On Friday afternoon, Naeem Hussain attended the funeral service for two Muslim men who were killed in the past two weeks. He joined other mourners afterward, sharing a meal, at the Islamic Center of New Mexico. Then he left. Several hours later, a little before midnight, Naeem Hussain was shot to death in a parking lot of an organization that offers services for refugees and asylum seekers near San Mateo and Copper NE, according to the Islamic Center’s spokesman." —Elise Kaplan

Police officers are devoting every possible resource they can to this investigation.
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"At a hastily-convened news conference at APD headquarters Saturday afternoon, leaders from local law enforcement and the city denounced the violence and assured the community that they are working together and devoting every possible resource to the investigation." —Elise Kaplan

The police department is working closely with other organizations, including the FBI.

"Police Chief Harold Medina — who addressed reporters via zoom because he is in isolation with COVID-19 — said the department is working closely with the FBI. The New Mexico State Police, the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the U.S. Marshals Service are also assisting." —Elise Kaplan

Overtime caps for police officers have now been lifted.

“On top of our investigations into this murder, we’re devoting resources to key patrol areas and neighborhoods within Albuquerque...We lifted overtime caps for our officers so that we could utilize several of our specialized units to help ensure the strong presence of Albuquerque officers to keep the community safe.” —Police Chief Harold Medina

The police are doing everything they can to protect the Muslim community during this difficult time.

"Deputy Chief Josh Brown, with APD’s Field Services Bureau, said the department consulted with its partners in the Muslim community to determine what they need and where they’re most vulnerable when deciding where to put its resources." —Elise Kaplan

Multiple command posts will be stationed throughout the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

“We’re going to have multiple command posts stationed throughout key areas in the city...This will allow people who … if they see something, and don’t have immediate access to phone or communication to stop by, drop off tips, talk to law enforcement officers who are there and available in the area.” —Deputy Chief Josh Brown

On August 6, 2022, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that she will send more state police officers to work with the APD and the FBI.

"On Saturday, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced she will send additional State Police to Albuquerque to patrol and work with APD and the FBI." —Elise Kaplan

She is determined to find the killer and bring justice to the families who have been affected by these awful murders.

“I am angered and saddened that this is happening in New Mexico, a place that prides itself on diversity of culture and thought. This is not who we are...We will not stop in our pursuit of justice for the victims and their families and are bringing every resource to bear to apprehend the killer or killers — and we WILL find them.” —Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham

The APD has increased its priority for calls involving the Muslim community.

Police Chief Harold Medina urged Muslims to be especially cautious during this difficult time.

“Let individuals know when you’re coming in and out, make it very obvious that others are watching when you’re leaving your car to your house…I think it’s important to let everybody know that we’re all watching out for one another.” —Police Chief Harold Medina

A friend of Naeem Hussain said he was a very kind person. There was no reason to kill someone who was clearly a goodhearted, innocent man.

"A friend of Naeem Hussain told the Journal she met him about six years ago through the organization. She said he used to work with the program and had a meeting there Friday night. She said she had been told that Naeem Hussain, who police say was in his mid-20s, became a U.S. citizen just two weeks ago." —Elise Kaplan

He was speaking with his fiancèe on the phone when he was murdered, according to Tahir Guaba: the director of public affairs with the Islamic Center of New Mexico. She heard a gunshot, and, when he did not respond, she called one of his friends, who then called 911.

Police are asking anyone with information pertaining to this case to contact Crime Stoppers at 843-STOP.

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