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APD investigating overnight murder; possibly linked to three other murders of Muslim men in Albuquerque

Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022

Public Urged to Call Crime Stoppers with Tips about Murders


ALBUQUERQUE – APD homicide detectives are investigating an overnight murder of a Muslim man that may be linked to three similar murders in Albuquerque. The FBI is assisting in the investigation.


APD officers in the Southeast Area Command responded Friday just before midnight to reports of a shooting in the area of Truman St. and Grand Ave., N.E. An adult male was located and found to be deceased. Homicide detectives were called to the scene to start an investigation. Investigators learned the victim, believed to be in his mid-20s, is Muslim and a native from South Asia. His identity has not been positively confirmed.


Investigators believe Friday’s murder may be connected to three recent murders of Muslim men also from South Asia.


Detectives on Thursday determined there is a connection between the Aug. 1, 2022, murder of Muhammed Afzaal Hussain, 27, and the July 26, 2022, murder of Aftab Hussein, 41. Both men are Muslim and from Pakistan. They were killed in Southeast Albuquerque, near Central Ave.


As a result of these murders, detectives are now trying to determine whether the Nov. 7, 2021, murder of Mohammad Ahmadi, a Muslim from Afghanistan, is also related to the more recent homicides. Ahmadi was killed outside of a business he and his brother ran at 1401 San Mateo Blvd., N.W.


Anyone with tips about these murders is urged to call Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers at 505-843-STOP (7867)