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CAIR-St. Louis to Join Somali Leaders in Urging Bias Probe of Attack on Teen

CAIR-logo(ST. LOUIS, MO, 8/26/13) – On Thursday, August 29, the St. Louis chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-St. Louis) will join Somali community leaders in holding a news conference at West Pine Masjid to express concerns about a possible bias motive for the attack on Hamadi Muhando.

WHEN: Thursday, August 29, 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: West Pine Masjid, 3843 W. Pine Mall, St. Louis MO 63108
CONTACT: CAIR-St. Louis Executive Director Faizan Syed, 314-330-2946,

On Monday, August 5, 18-year-old Muhando was sent to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Saint Louis University Hospital after a violent encounter with a neighbor’s boyfriend.

“The family reports that they have suffered a series of attacks and are concerned about a possible bias motive for this and other incidents,” said CAIR-St. Louis Executive Director Faizan Syed. “They say they have had a rock thrown through their window, tires slashed and religious slurs used to target their children.”

At the news conference, CAIR-St. Louis will join community leaders in urging local police to investigate a possible bias motive and to apprehend the perpetrators of the attacks.

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT: CAIR-St. Louis Executive Director Faizan Syed, 636-207-8882, 314-330-2946,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,


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