(BALTIMORE, MD, 8/1/20) – The Maryland office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today condemned the shooting of a pregnant Muslim woman last evening in Columbia, Md., and is urging anyone with information about the incident to promptly notify local law enforcement.
The victim, who has been identified as 30-year-old Rabiah Ahmad, was reportedly taken to University of Maryland’s Shock Trauma Center, where she later died. She was 28 weeks pregnant. he infant is in critical condition.
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“We are monitoring developments in this horrific case and urge anyone with information about this senseless crime to contact authorities and help deliver justice for this family,” said CAIR’s Maryland Director Zainab Chaudry. “Our thoughts are with the victim’s loved ones, and especially with her infant who will never get to meet his or her mother. At this point, there are too many unanswered questions. The community’s help can help make a difference.”
CAIR is in touch with local police. The Howard County Police Department is offering a $5K reward to anyone with information about the incident. Tips can be submitted to police at 410-313-STOP or HCPDCrimeTips@howardcountymd.gov. Callers can remain anonymous.
Police are also encouraging residents in the area to check their doorbell and security footage for any activity last evening, especially around 11 p.m. which is the approximate time the incident occurred.
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.
CONTACT: CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry, firstname.lastname@example.org, 410-971-6062