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Killings of Three Muslim Men in Albuquerque May Be Linked, Police Say

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The police in Albuquerque are investigating the killings of three Muslim men that they say may be connected.

Muhammad Afzaal Hussain, 27, and Aftab Hussein, 41, two Pakistani men who attended the same mosque, were fatally shot within a week of each other, the police said. Mr. Hussain, who was killed on Monday, was the planning and land use director for the city of Española, about 90 miles north of Albuquerque. Mr. Hussein, slain on July 26, worked at a local cafe.

A third Muslim man was killed just before midnight Friday, according to the police. The identity and age of the latest victim has not been released, though the police said he was a “young man” and from South Asia.

The authorities said they believed the recent violence might also be connected to the November 2021 killing in Albuquerque of Mohammad Ahmadi, 62, a Muslim man from Afghanistan. Mr. Ahmadi was killed outside a business he and his brother ran on San Mateo Boulevard, the police said.

The authorities did not elaborate on why they thought the killings may be connected and did not say whether there were any witnesses to the homicides, but they said they believed the Muslim community was being targeted.

The Albuquerque Police Department, along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Office, is asking city residents to come forward with any information that could be connected to the killings.

“This is something that impacts us all,” Raúl Torrez, the Bernalillo County district attorney, said at a news conference on Saturday. “Every member of this community has to stand up.”

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said on Twitter on Saturday that the killings were “deeply angering and wholly intolerable” and that she was sending more State Police officers to help the Albuquerque Police and the F.B.I. She also expressed solidarity with the Muslim community in the state.

“We stand with you,” she said.

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Officials with the Islamic Center of New Mexico, still reeling from the Friday night funeral service for Mr. Hussain and Mr. Hussein, said they were shocked to learn of another death the next morning, and that the slayings have Muslims in the city fearing for their safety.

“We are incredibly sickened with the idea that someone has this much hate against innocent people,” said Ahmad Assed, the president of the Islamic Center of New Mexico. “We’re scared for our families, we’re scared for our children. And we are incredibly confused about why this is happening.”

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the largest nonprofit Muslim civil rights group in the country, said Friday that it would offer a $10,000 reward to anyone who could provide information that would lead to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the killings.

“We’ve really never seen something like this, where there’s multiple similar murders that really seem connected,” said Ibrahim Hooper, the national communications director for the council.

Nihad Awad, the national executive director of the council, said in an interview that the tragedies affected not only the Muslim community but all Americans. “We must be united against hate and violence regardless of the race, faith or background of the victims or the perpetrators,” he said. “We urge anyone with information about these crimes to come forward by contacting law enforcement.”

Amid the shock, outrage and anxiety, those who knew the victims also expressed their grief and paid tribute on Saturday.

Erika Roberts, who went to graduate school with Mr. Hussain at the University of New Mexico, remembered her classmate as always having a smile on his face.

“Muhammad was friendly and enthusiastic about everything he did,” she said. “I was impressed that coming from Pakistan, he dedicated himself to making our communities in New Mexico better, safer and more compassionate.”

She added: “He always had a kind word to say. Nothing bitter ever came from him.”

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Ten Pieces of Advice that Mr. Barack Obama Would Give to Teenage Black Males Regarding Future Careers

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(WASHINGTON, D.C. – November 6, 2022) – If Barack Obama could go back in time and talk to inner-city black males as teenagers, what would he say? That’s a question many people have been asking since his farewell address. In my opinion, Obama would share advice regarding young black men and their future careers. Here are 10 pieces of advice that Barack Obama would give to young black males:

1. Barack Obama would tell young black males that it’s never too early to start thinking about their careers. He would encourage them to start planning for their futures at a young age.

2. Barack Obama would tell young black males to find a qualified mentor who can help them navigate into those careers. He would advise them to seek out someone who has walked in their shoes and understands their challenges.

3. Barack Obama would tell young black males to wear clothes that make them feel confident and professional. He would remind them that they are representing their families and communities when they go out into the workforce.

4. Barack Obama would tell young black males to read books that will help them develop their careers. He would suggest biographies of successful people, self-help books, and books about business and entrepreneurship.

5. Barack Obama would tell young black males to be persistent and diligent in their career pursuits. He would remind them that success doesn’t come easy and that they need to work hard for what they want.

6. Barack Obama would tell young black males to stay focused on their goals and dreams. He would remind them that anything is possible if they put their minds to it.

7. Barack Obama would tell young black males to be confident in themselves and their abilities. He would encourage them to stand up for what they believe in, even when others try to bring them down.

8. Barack Obama would tell young black males to be grateful for the opportunities they have been afforded, no matter how small the opportunities may seem. He would advise them to use these opportunities as stepping stones towards bigger and better opportunities.

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9. Barack Obama would tell young black males that it’s ok to make mistakes along the way – everyone does! He would encourage them to learn from these mistakes and move on stronger than before.

10. Barack Obama would encourage these young black males to read his books, read his speeches and read about decisions that he made as President of the United States.

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BlackUSA.News’ 4 O’Clock News … Streaming LIVE from EMAGE Center, Monday 4 pm

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(NEW YORK – November 5, 2022) – Founded by BMORENews.com in the middle of the pandemic out of necessity, BlackUSA.News has evolved into a national brand. The news team will stream the 4 O’Clock News LIVE from the EMAGE Center for the first time on Monday at 4 pm.

BlackUSA.News hosts hail from New York, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Oakland. And, the network is always open to more hosts from more cities.

“We have been waiting for this opportunity for nearly two years,” said publisher Doni Glover. He added, “We are grateful for the opportunity provided by Mr. Aziz and the EMAGE Center. There isn’t a better place for both BMORENews and BlackUSA.News to call home. Further, we want the world to know about Mr. Aziz, his team, and the two great businesses they own and operate: Made In Bmore Clothing and Frozen Desert Sorbet!”

BlackUSA.News streams to FacebookLinkedInYouTube, and Twitter daily.

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Sixty Minutes in Black America with Michael Haynie: Doni Glover Interview, Oct. 30

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