Suspect in ABQ Muslim murders charged with third murder

New charges were filed today against Muhammad Syed, for the murder of Naeem Hussain, one of four Muslim men shot dead in recent months in Albuquerque.

Syed, is now charged with three of the four murders. He is considered the prime suspect in the fourth murder of 62-year-old Mohammed Zahir Ahmadi, which occurred on November 7, 2021.

A grand jury indicted Syed on three counts of first-degree murder and four counts of tampering with evidence for the following shootings:

the murder of Aftab Hussein on July 26, 2022

the murder of Muhammad Afzaal Hussain on August 1, 2022

the murder of Naeem Hussain on August 5, 2022

Police allege Syed shot Hussain as he sat in the driver’s seat of his white 4-Runner in a parking lot at Truman St. and Grand Ave., NE

Friends told police that Hussain attended the funerals of the other two Muslim victims, Aftab Hussein and Muhammad Afzaal Hussain, earlier in the afternoon of August 5. He then went alone to the Lutheran Family Services Center, located at 230 Truman St., NE

Detectives obtained surveillance video showing a gray Volkswagen sedan fleeing the scene after Hussain was shot. Detectives and officers from multiple police departments, including Albuquerque Police and the FBI, searched for the vehicle. APD released a photo of the Volkswagen Jetta to the public on Sunday, August 8. Advice from the public and additional surveillance video helped detectives identify the vehicle, as well as Muhammad Syed, as the owner of the car.

Detectives arrested Syed on August 9 and charged him with the first two murders. Detectives connected these homicides using casings found at the scene. The weapon used in these shootings was discovered during a search of his home.

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