SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued the following statement following the murder Monday of 27-year-old Muhammad Afzaal Hussain (Española Planning Director) in Albuquerque.
Albuquerque police today said they suspect the shootings of Hussain, as well as two other recent shootings involving Middle Eastern and Muslim residents, may be connected and racially and/or religiously motivated.
“The senseless and horrific murders of Mohammad Ahmadi, Aftab Hussein and most recently, Muhammad Afzaal Hussain are deeply disturbing to me and to all New Mexicans. New Mexico is a state that is proud of its diversity, which makes our state a richer and more vibrant place to call home.
“My thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends and loved ones of these men, as well as with the Muslim and Middle Eastern communities in Albuquerque and the rest of the state. We will provide any resources requested by law enforcement to aid in this investigation.”
Anyone with information about these crimes should contact Crime Stoppers at 505-843-STOP.