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Aug. 8, 2022, 6:40 p.m. EDT

Police seek help in locating Volkswagen sedan as killings of four Muslim men in Albuquerque send ripples though Islamic population across U.S.

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Albuquerque authorities say they cannot determine if the slayings were hate crimes until they have identified a suspect and a motive.

Louis Schlesinger, a forensic psychology professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, said bias killings are often perpetrated by a small group of people, typically young white men. A lone perpetrator is rare.

“These are basically total losers by every dimension, whether it’s social, economic, psychological, what have you,” he said. “They’re filled with hatred for one reason or another and target a particular group that they see, in their mind, to blame for all their problems in life.”

Even though two of the Albuquerque victims attended the same mosque, they were killed in separate shootings days apart.

It was not clear whether the victims were known to the suspect or suspects prior to their deaths. Schlesinger said the assailant may have deliberately targeted them one by one.

“It’s easier to kill one person. It’s less risk for yourself getting apprehended,” he said. “If you go into a mosque and shoot the place up, someone may shoot you.”

The most recent victim was found dead after police received a call of a shooting. Authorities declined to say whether the killing was carried out in a way similar to the other deaths.

Muhammad Afzaal Hussain had worked as a field organizer for a local congresswoman’s campaign.

Rep. Melanie Stansbury issued a statement praising him as “one of the kindest and hardest working people” she has ever known. She said the urban planner was “committed to making our public spaces work for every person and cleaning up legacy pollution.”

As land-use director for the city of Española — more than 85 miles north of Albuquerque — Hussain worked to improve conditions and inclusivity for disadvantaged minorities, according to the mayor’s office.

“Muhammad was soft-spoken and kind, and quick to laugh,” Española Mayor John Ramon Vigil said in a news release. The city staff “has lost a member of our family, and we all have lost a brilliant public servant who wanted to service and improve his community.”

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