(DALLAS, TX, 7/24/2018) – The Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW) welcomes the conviction of a man who opened fire into Muslim-owned Omar’s Wheels and Tires in Pleasant Grove with the intention of killing Muslims.
The shooter, Anthony Paz Torres, 33, visited the shop on December 17, 2015, asking if the workers were Muslim and then started cursing them. Torres returned on Christmas Eve and started shooting into the tire shop, wounding four people and killing Enrique Garcia-Mendoza, 25, while the victim waited for his friend’s tire to be fixed.
According to The Dallas Morning News, Torres told police officers that Muslims “should be second-class citizens.” The jury returned a guilty verdict after one hour of deliberation.
SEE: Murderer with anti-Muslim vendetta convicted in Dallas tire shop shooting
In response to the verdict, CAIR-DFW Executive Director John Janney stated:
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Garcia-Mendoza family as well as the Yousef and Omar families and other affected by this senseless, hate-motivated attack. We are relieved that justice was served and pray that the killer’s sentencing fits his crime.”
Janney also thanked Dallas County Prosecutor Clinton Stiffler, the police who responded to the incident and the jurors for their service.
CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.
The Washington-based organization’s recently-released 2018 Civil Rights Report, “Targeted,” showed a 17 percent increase in bias-motivated incidents against American Muslims from 2016 to 2017, and a 15 percent increase in the number of anti-Muslim hate crimes in that same time period. Out of the 2599 anti-Muslim incidents in 2017, 15 percent happened in Texas.
CAIR 2018 Civil Rights Report: Targeted
Community members are being urged to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR-DFW’s Civil Rights Department at 469-998-2246 or by going to: https://cairdfw.org/report
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 misiÃ³n de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
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CONTACT: CAIR-DFW Executive Director John Janney, 469-998-2243, firstname.lastname@example.org