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CAIR-CO: Sister of Indiana Muslim Killed by Man Reportedly Shouting Islamophobic Slurs to Speak at Colorado State Capitol Vigil

Part of series of events at cities nationwide after victim’s family called for vigils using #Justice4Mustafa

(DENVERCO, 4/8/19) – On Saturday, April 13, Zahra Ayoubi, sister of Mustafa Ayoubi, an Indiana University Kelley School of Business graduate who was shot and killed allegedly by a man reportedly shouting Islamophobic slurs, will speak at a vigil hosted by the Colorado chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CO), in memory of Mustafa at the Colorado State Capitol Building in Denver, Col.

SEE Facebook Event Page: Hate Kills! #Justice4Mustafa

CAIR Video: Family of Murdered Indiana Muslim Calls for Nationwide Vigils – #Justice4Mustafa

WHAT: Sister of Indiana Muslim Shot by Man Reportedly Shouting Islamophobic Slurs to Speak at Vigil at Colorado State Capitol

WHEN: Saturday, April 13, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

WHERE:  Colorado State Capitol, 200 E. Colfax Ave., Suite 136, Denver, Colorado

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES: Zahra Ayoubi will be available for remote interviews in the days leading up to the event and for in-person interviews in Denver during Saturday morning and afternoon and during the event. She holds a bachelor’s degree and a Master of Public Affairs (MPA) degree from Indiana University-Bloomington and a JD and LLM from Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

CONTACT: CAIR-CO Acting Board Chair Krista Cole, 703-501-0961,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,

Other cities and regions, including Washington, D.C., Columbus Ohio, the San Francisco Bay Area and Indianapolis, Ind., have held vigils for #Justice4Mustafa in response to the family’s call for nationwide vigils.

The case has garnered local as well as national media coverage.

SEE: Sister of slain Muslim man calls for hate-crime probe, but Indiana doesn’t have hate-crime law (NBC News)

His Family Calls His Killing A Hate Crime ”” But Indiana Law Won’t See It That Way (Huffington Post)

WATCH: Zahra Ayoubi Wants Brother Mustafa’s Murder Investigated as Hate Crime in Indiana (Now This News)

WATCH: Muslim Man Killed in Indiana (Al Jazeera Plus)

Earlier this year, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, welcomed murder charges brought against the man who allegedly shot to death the Indiana Muslim, reportedly while shouting Islamophobic slurs.

SEE: Murder Charge Filed Against Plainfield Man

The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office filed murder charges against Dustin Passarelli, 33, who is accused of killing 32-year-old Mustafa Ayoubi.

CAIR has witnessed an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president. CAIR has repeatedly expressed concern about Islamophobic, white supremacist and racist Trump administration policies and appointments.

Recent hate incidents include death and bomb threats targeting Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), a threat targeting a Maryland mosque, an arson attack on a California mosque, recent arrests in an alleged bomb plot targeting Muslims in New York, guilty pleas in the bombing of a Minnesota mosque, and sentencing of men in a plot to bomb Muslims in Kansas.

SEE: Militia Members Get Decades in Prison in Kansas Bomb Plot

CAIR Asks Feds to Charge Men Accused in Bomb Plot Targeting New York Muslim Community

Two Militia Men Plead Guilty to Bombing Minnesota Mosque

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.




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