Was Store Owner's Death Hate Crime?


LIBERTY, Texas -- The motive behind the Christmas Day killing of a grocery store owner is being questioned, KPRC Local 2 reported Tuesday.

Liberty police said Stevie Walder, 31, fatally shot Naushad I. Virani, 51, during a robbery at the Ridgewood Grocery Store in the 4300 block of North Main.
"There is video surveillance from the store that our investigators have," Officer Hugh Bishop said. "That video, along with other evidence, led us to the suspect."
Walder is a suspected white supremacist. Photos on his MySpace page show he has a tattoo of a swastika on his left arm and various other tattoos on other parts of his body.
"We know he was an active member of a group," Bishop said. "We just haven't nailed down which one yet. Right now it's looking like the Aryan Brotherhood."
Virani was Muslim. The Council on American-Islamic Relations has asked the FBI to investigate whether Virani's religion was a motive in the killing. (More)

 


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