BREAKING: CAIR-NY, Muslim Leaders to React to Shooting Deaths of Queens Imam, Associate

(NEW YORK, NY, 8/13/16) – Later this evening, the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) will hold a news conference with Muslim community leaders near the site of the shooting deaths of a Queens imam and his associate as they walked home from Saturday afternoon prayers. Both victims were dressed in Islamic attire at the time of the shooting at the corner of Liberty Avenue and 79th Street. The lone gunman remains at large.

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“The perpetrator of these senseless killings must be swiftly apprehended and face the full force of the law,” said CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher. “We ask anyone with information about this attack to contact appropriate law enforcement authorities.”

WHAT: CAIR-NY, Muslim Community Leaders React to Shooting Deaths of Imam, Assistant

WHEN: Saturday, August 13, 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: In Front of Al-Furqan Jame Masjid at 77th Street and Glenmore Avenue in Ozone Park, Queens, 11417

CONTACT: CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher, 917-669-4006,

CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in anti-Muslim incidents nationwide since Trump’s bigoted call for a complete ban on Muslims entering the United States.

The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is asking Muslim community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at:

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.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher, 917-669-4006,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,