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CAIR to Hold Media Availability Prior to Funeral of Indiana Muslim Shot by Man Reportedly Shouting Islamophobic Slurs

Washington-based Muslim civil rights group renews call for federal hate crime investigation

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/20/19) – On Thursday, February 21, The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will hold a media availability prior to funeral services for an Indiana Muslim who was shot and killed allegedly by a man shouting Islamophobic slurs.

SEE: Shooting Death of Muslim Man Could Draw FBI Scrutiny

WHAT: CAIR Representative to Read Statement in Advance of Funeral of Muslim Man Fatally Shot by Man Reportedly Shouting Islamophobic Slurs
WHERE: Flanner Buchanan, 2706 Kessler Blvd. W. Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46228
WHEN: 10:30 a.m. Local Time, Funeral Service Begins at 11 a.m. Followed by the Burial

NOTE: At the family’s request, the funeral service is not open to the media. Family members of the deceased request privacy. The family also requests that the burial itself not be photographed.

CONTACT: CAIR Strategic Communications Manager Arsalan Bukhari,, 206-931-3655

CAIR Backgrounder: Islamic Funeral Practices

Yesterday, 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

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.”

SEE: Family Believes Road Rage Shooting That Killed Man Could Be Hate Crime
3 Men Who Saw Friend Fatally Shot Think It’s a Hate Crime

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.

SEE: CAIR Says Trump’s Islamophobic ‘Prayer Rug’ Tweet Designed to Distract from Latest Legal Problems

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.

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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