New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham said on Saturday she would send additional police to Albuquerque after the fourth murder of a Muslim in the city in recent months.
“I am angry and saddened that this is happening in New Mexico, a place that prides itself on its diversity of culture and thought. That’s not who we are,” Lujan Grisham said in a press release.
The governor’s office said additional state troopers will be patrolling the city and are working closely with the Albuquerque Police Department and the FBI to provide needed support.
“We will not stop in our pursuit of justice for the victims and their families and we are doing everything we can to apprehend the killer(s) – and we will find them,” the governor said. “Furthermore, we will continue to do everything we can to support the Muslim community during this difficult time.”
The Albuquerque Police Department has not identified the man killed Friday night. The man, believed to be in his 20s, is Muslim and from South Asia, they said.
Police are investigating whether the murder is linked to the Monday shooting death of Muhammad Afzaal Hussain as well as the murders of Aftab Hussein on July 26 and Mohammad Ahmadi in November 2021.
Police said on Thursday they had linked the shooting deaths of Hussain, 27, and Hussein, 41, both from Pakistan. Ahmadi, 62, was a Muslim from Afghanistan who was killed outside a business he ran with his brother, police say.
“We’ve never experienced anything like this before,” Ahmad Assed, president of the Islamic Center of New Mexico, said at a news conference Saturday, according to ABC affiliate KOAT in Albuquerque. “It really is a surreal time for us. We fear for the safety of our children, our families.”