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CAIR: Sister of Indiana Muslim Shot by Man Reportedly Shouting Islamophobic Slurs to Speak at DC Vigil

Victim’s family has called for vigils in cities nationwide this week using #Justice4Mustafa

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/26/19) – On Wednesday, February 27, 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 community group in memory of Mustafa in Washington, D.C.

SEE Facebook Event Page: Candlelight Vigil for our Beloved Mustafa in DC

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 in DC

WHEN: Wednesday, February 27, 7 to 9 p.m.

WHERE:  In Front of the United States Supreme Court, 1 First Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES: Zahra Ayoubi, along with her brother Mohammad, will be available for media interviews during the afternoon and evening of Feb. 27. 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 Strategic Communications Manager Arsalan Bukhari,, 206-931-3655 

Other cities, including Indianapolis, Ind., have planned or confirmed vigils for #Justice4Mustafa in response to the family’s call for nationwide vigils.

SEE Facebook Event Page: Candlelight Vigil in Memory of Mustafa Ayoubi #Justice4Mustafa (Indianapolis, Ind.)

Last week, 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 an 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 last week.

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 incidents include 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.


CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR Strategic Communications Manager Arsalan Bukhari,, 206-931-3655 


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