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Four Muslim men were killed in Albuquerque. Here's what we know about them

(CNN)Three Muslim men shot in ambush in Albuquerque on Friday, fourth killed The Muslim community was tense and scared after being killed.

A popular city official with aspirations for a political future and a proud new American citizen is one of his victims in a series of shootings police say are linked. was.

But the killings of Mohammad Ahmadi, Muhammad Afzal Hussein, Aftab Hussein, and Naeem Hussein have one obvious thing in common. They were all South Asian Muslims, according to Albuquerque police.

His three recent killings occurred within two weeks of him, prompting local and national Muslim groups to warn residents to remain vigilant. They also spotlighted an unsolved murder in November 2021.
On Tuesday, police saidthat 51-year-old Muhammad had arrested Saeed, and that he would be charged with his two. Of the murders, the killing of Aftab Hussein on 26 July and his killing of Muhammad Afzaal Hussain on 1 August.

Regarding his two other murders, police said they had evidence that Said was "the most likely person of interest or suspect" in those cases as well. . Investigative Division revealed.

Said denied involvement in his murder in an interview with police on Tuesday, according to the criminal complaint.

Here's what we know about lives lost. CNN will continue to update this article as more details become available:

Mohammad Zaher Ahmadi, 62

Ahmadi was from Afghanistan, according to CNN affiliate KOAT

, according to police.

Muhammad Afzaal Hussain, age 27

Muhammad Imtiaz Hussain, his brother, said he had lived in the same estate with Muhammad Afzaal Hussain for almost five years and was once didn't even live there. problem.

Brother came to the United States on a student visa, and he was studying at the University of Mexico. Until now, I often took walks to the university library early in the morning or late at night without worrying about my safety.

On August 1, police received a call regarding a drive-by shooting of him near the intersection of Cornell Drive and Garfield His Avenue. According to a criminal complaint obtained by CNN affiliate KOAT, they found Muhammad Afzal Hussein with multiple gunshot wounds.

His face is distorted by gunshot wounds, said his brother Imtiaz Hussain.

"This is not a random killing," said Hussein. "This is very motivated and extremely hateful."

Afzaal Hussain is loved by everyone and, upon obtaining U.S. citizenship, is a student leader with high hopes for the future of politics. was

"We are in extreme fear," said Imtiaz Hussain. "It's very painful to live in this place."

Hussein worked on the planning team for the city of Espanola. He studied law and human resource management at the University of Punjab, Pakistan, and then received master's and bachelor's degrees in community and regional planning from the University of New Mexico, according to a news release from Espanola Mayor John Ramon Vigil.

"Muhammad was soft-spoken, kind and quick to laugh," Vigil said in his news release last Wednesday. "He was respected and well-liked by his colleagues and members of the community."

Naeem Hussain, 25

Naeem Hussain, 25, said Friday He had been a U.S. citizen for less than a month when he was found by Albuquerque police officers just before midnight.

His brother-in-law Ethan Shahrami identified Husian to his CNN on Sunday, saying he emigrated as a refugee from Pakistan in his 2016. 71} "He had many dreams and he achieved some of them," Shahrami said. "His others were cut off by this heinous act."

Hours before his own death, Hussein attended the funerals of two of his recent victims. and expressed concern about the shooting, said Tahir Gauba, a spokesman for the Islamic Center in New Mexico.

According to Shahalami, Hussain worked as a truck driver in Albuquerque for several years, a job he took great pride in.

"He wasn't even a citizen at the time, but he used to say, 'This is our country, and these people need us more than ever.' drove extra shifts to keep things running smoothly," Shahrami said. He said.

According to Shahrami, after becoming a U.S. citizen, Hussein set up his own trucking business, planned to bring his wife from Pakistan, and was interested in buying property in Virginia.

"He was the most generous, kind, generous, patient, down-to-earth person I have ever met," he said. "He worked very hard."[78][79]Hussein wasn't just working to support himself, but was sharing the income with his family in his hometown, Shahrami said. Told.

After Friday's funeral, Gauba said Hussein attended lunch at a mosque and asked him if he had more information about the shooting. After the burial of the two young men [Friday], we (the Islamic Center in New Mexico) thought we could shut it down and move on and let law enforcement investigate," Gauba said. rice field. "Waking up to his (Naeem Hussein) death on Saturday morning leaves the whole community feeling helpless. There is a lot of fear." Muslims attend the Islamic Center of New Mexico, Albuquerque's largest mosque, established in the mid-1970s.

Aftab Hussein, 41

Aftab Hussein was found with multiple gunshot wounds next to his car on Island Street Road July 26 .

According to the complaint, the shooter waited behind bushes near the driveway where the victim was parked and shot multiple times through the bushes as Hussein exited the vehicle. It is said that the detective knew.

Police said he was a Muslim man from Pakistan.