CAIR to Announce Reward for Info on Shootings of NY Imam, Associate

New York Islamic Leadership Council will announce effort to assist families of victims

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/14/16) – On Monday, August 15, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will join a community news conference about the shooting deaths Saturday of a New York imam (religious leader) and his associate to announce a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator.

[MEDIA NOTE: Monday’s news conference will be livestreamed on CAIR’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CAIRNational/ ]

Police have released a sketch of the suspect and video surveillance of the shootings.

Video: CAIR-NY President Speaks Out About Shooting of Queens Imam, Associate (MSNBC)

Video: Surveillance Video Captures Moment Imam, Associate Were Fatally Shot Near Queens Mosque

CAIR will participate in the community news conference in conjunction with New York’s Majlis Ashura (Islamic Leadership Council), which will announce an effort to assist the families of the victims.

[NOTE: A funeral prayer for Imam Maulama Akonjee and Thara Uddin will be held after the news conference at Grant Avenue Municipal Parking Field, 581 Grant Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11208.]

WHAT: CAIR to Announce Reward for Info on Shootings of NY Imam, Associate

WHEN: Monday, August 15, 1:45 p.m.

WHERE: News Conference and Funeral Prayers at Grant Avenue Municipal Parking Field, 581 Grant Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11208

CONTACT: CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher, 917-669-4006, anasher@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com 

“We hope the offer of a reward will lead to the arrest and conviction of the individual who perpetrated this heinous crime,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad, who will take part in Monday’s news conference. “Once an arrest is made, we expect that the motive of the shooter can be determined.”

Last night, CAIR’s New York chapter held a news conference to offer the community’s reaction to the killings.

Video: CAIR-NY Director Afaf Nasher Speaks About Slaying of Queens Imam, Associate

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: http://www.cair.com/report

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, anasher@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com