Islamic Center of New Mexico, Albuquerque's largest mosque was rattled by the recent killings of 3 of its members traced back to the 2021 killing of Mohammad Ahmadi, 62, a native of Afghanistan.
Aftab Hussein, 41, and Muhammed Afzaal Hussain, 27, of Pakistani descent were also killed on July 26 and August 1. The latest victim, Nayeem Hussain, 25, was killed after attending burial services for Aftab and Muhammed.
The Islamic Center feared the worst as families took cover throughout the community receiving a message from Biden via Twitter.
I am angered and saddened by the horrific killings of four Muslim men in Albuquerque. While we await a full investigation, my prayers are with the victims’ families, and my Administration stands strongly with the Muslim community. These hateful attacks have no place in America.
On Tuesday after multiple tips were obtained by authorities, 51-year-old Muhammad Syed was identified as a prime suspect and was arrested by Albuquerque Police and the FBI.
After searching the suspects’ home police stated, "evidence that shows the offender knew the victims to some extent, and an inter-personal conflict may have led to the shootings,"
Syed has previous criminal misdemeanors however, the motive for these deaths has been reported to be unclear and is still under investigation.
Ahmad Assed, president of the Islamic Center of New Mexico. “The Muslim community is breathing “an incredible sigh of relief, lives have been turned upside down.”