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CAIR-Colorado Calls on Law Enforcement to Provide Answers After Arrest of Suspects in Deadly Home Arson

(DENVER, CO – 1/28/2021) — The national office and Colorado chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR and CAIR-CO) today welcomed the arrest of three suspects in an arson that killed a Muslim family last year.

CAIR also called on law enforcement to immediately provide more information about the crime, including the motive for the attack.

Yesterday, Colorado law enforcement announced the arrest of three juvenile suspects who were allegedly involved in setting a fire that killed five members of a Senegalese family. Law enforcement did not identify the suspects or provide information about their motive but claimed without explanation that the arson did not appear to be a hate crime.

SEE: 3 teens arrested in house fire that killed 5 from Senegal (AP)

“Although we welcome the news that law enforcement authorities have arrested suspects allegedly involved in this horrific crime, the impacted family, the Colorado Muslim community and the broader public need answers as soon as possible, starting with the suspected motive for the attack,” said CAIR-Colorado Acting Board Chair Krista Cole.

Last November, CAIR-Colorado announced a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the deadly August arson that killed five members of a Muslim family.   

SEE: CAIR-Colorado Extends Condolences to Friends and Relatives of Muslim Family Killed in Suspected Arson, Calls for Probe of Possible Bias Motive  

SEE: Arson Suspected as Community Mourns Muslim Family Killed in Colorado House Fire

The Metro Denver Crime Stoppers offered a reward of $40,000. 

SEE: Denver police up reward to $40,000 for information on arson that killed 5 members of Senegalese family 

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.   


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

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