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CAIR: Sister of Indiana Muslim Shot by Man Reportedly Shouting Islamophobic Slurs to Speak Prior to Court Hearing Today

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/22/19) – On Friday, February 22, Zahra Ayoubi, sister of Mustafa Ayoubi, who was shot and killed allegedly by a man shouting Islamophobic slurs, will speak at a media availability prior to an initial court hearing at Indianapolis Criminal Division 4 in Indianapolis, Ind.

SEE: Shooting Death of Muslim Man Could Draw FBI Scrutiny

https://www.indystar.com/story/news/2019/02/20/road-rage-hate-crime-both-fbi-evaluate-west-side-indianapolis-shooting-muslim-man/2915913002/

CAIR Video: Indiana Senate Passes Hate Crime Bill as Muslim Shooting Victim Laid to Rest

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OPF3ulAoOA

WHAT: Sister of Indiana Muslim Shot by Man Reportedly Shouting Islamophobic Slurs to Speak Prior to Court Hearing

WHERE: Outside Indianapolis Criminal Division 4 Building. 200 E Washington St # W203, Indianapolis, IN 46204

WHEN: 8:30 a.m. Local Time, Court Hearing Begins at 9 a.m.

CONTACT: CAIR Strategic Communications Manager Arsalan Bukhari, abukhari@cair.com, 206-931-3655

On Tuesday, CAIR called on federal law enforcement authorities to bring charges against the alleged shooter.

Video: CAIR Seeks Federal Charges in Deadly Shooting of Indiana Muslim

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuO6S9cIowM

According to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Mustafa Ayoubi, 32, was shot Saturday evening following an incident that began on I-465. Three friends who reportedly witnessed the shooting say it was a hate crime.

The witnesses said they heard the suspect, 33-year-old Dustin Passarelli of Plainfield, Ind., shouting anti-Muslim slurs in the moments before shooting Ayoubi. One witness said the alleged shooter “was saying a lot of bad words about [Islam’s Prophet] Muhammad.”

The Washington-based civil rights organization 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 anti-Muslim 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.

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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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Strategic Communications Manager Arsalan Bukhari, abukhari@cair.com, 206-931-3655

 

 

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