A series of murders worries the Muslim community

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — People are seeing more efforts to keep the Muslim community safe as police hunt down the official.

An Albuquerque councilman, whose constituents rightfully fear being alone in public, said everyone is on board.

Councilman Pat Davis said he’s been in touch with the federal government asking for all the support he can get, and so far he’s happy to say the support is pouring in.

“If there’s a hub for the Islamic community in New Mexico, it’s here in southeast Albuquerque,” Davis said.

Davis says his district was sadly the focal point of the four Muslim men killed. Now, he says, the state and the city have come together to protect the local Muslim community.

“You’re going to see more police presence until this case is resolved, you’re going to see more police presence in these Islamic businesses. Our southeast neighborhoods are going to see a few more state troopers and others. And that’s exactly what we should be doing, both to deter the shooter, but also to make our neighborhoods feel better,” Davis said.

APD added mobile command centers to increase police visibility, but support went national.

On Sunday, US President Biden tweeted “these hateful attacks have no place in America”.

And the national group – the Council on American Islamic Relations – has offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone behind the killings.

“Be vigilant, be careful. Watch your back report anything suspicious, but continue to live your life matters confidently, boldly, publicly and fearlessly, we cannot let extremists and anti-Muslim fanatics stop us from practice our faith and live our life,” said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, deputy director of the Council on American Islamic Relations.

Davis says he doesn’t remember any event of this magnitude in Albuquerque.

“I was a police officer in DC during the DC sniper case, right? It’s… it was a case of someone targeting random people. As a police officer, we stood out in front of targeted schools and businesses to ensure that life could continue as normal,” he said.

But, says Davis, one thing is certain: the city will not tolerate this kind of targeted violence.

“It could happen to anyone and we have to fight back, we have to stand up,” Davis said.

If you have information about these murders, call 242-COPS or 1-800-CALLFBI. People can also use APD’s Evidence Portal to upload photos and videos relating to recent homicides.

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