The Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR) is watching with special interest the investigation into the execution-style killing of three men in a predominantly Muslim community of Ft. Wayne, Indiana, reports the Washington Post.
The men have been described in various reports as Muslim, but the founder of the Darfur People’s Association described the victims as two Muslims and a Christian.
CAIR says some are already making comparisons to the murders of three Muslims in Chapel Hill, N.C. a year ago.
“People think back to the Chapel Hill murders where the family and Muslim community firmly believes it is a bias motive,” Ibrahim Hooper said. “They look at this and see a similar kind of thing so that’s in everyone’s mind. It brings back those memories and concerns.”
Police, however, have said they do not believe these killings were motivated by hate.
The victims have been identified as 23-year-old Mohamedtaha Omar, 20-year-old Adam Mekki and 17-year-old Muhannad Tairab.
Police say the men had no known gang affiliation, although the house the murders happened in has received a lot of police attention and was known as a party house.
You can read reaction to the police conclusions about the motive in these killings in the Washington Post.
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