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ADL Expresses Solidarity With New York’s Muslim Community in Wake of Murder of Queens Imam

  • August 14, 2016

New York, NY, August 14, 2016 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today expressed shock and horror at the murder of an imam and his assistant as they walked home from prayers at their mosque in Ozone Park, Queens, and expressed solidarity with New York’s Muslim community in the wake of the tragedy.

According to reports, on August 13, Imam Maulama Akonjee and his assistant Thara Uddin were dressed in traditional Muslim garb when the perpetrator approached from behind and shot them at close range.

“We are shocked and horrified by this unthinkable tragedy and extend our sorrow and solidarity to the families of the victims and the broader Muslim community across New York City,” said Evan R. Bernstein, New York Regional Director. “While the motivation for this crime is still being investigated, nothing can justify the killing of an innocent man walking from his place of worship.

“We urge the NYPD to investigate the murder as a possible bias crime, and are confident that they will use all the tools at their disposal to find the perpetrators of this heinous act,” Mr. Bernstein said. “Unfortunately, such incidents have the potential to make communities feel unsafe and vulnerable. However, the Muslim community should know that greater New York stands united with them during this extremely difficult time.”

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