Police arrested 35 year-old Oscar Morel this week for killing Imam Maulana Alauddin Akonjee, 55, and Thara Uddin, 54, at a close range in Queens.
Sources say the suspects were settling a score in a feud between Muslims and Hispanics.
Morel was not a Trump supporter.
Suspected killer of Queens imam and friend identified as 35-year-old Oscar Morel https://t.co/04zoBP7ry9 pic.twitter.com/22YlOE173d
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) August 16, 2016
The New York Police Department has arrested and charged a 35-year-old Brooklyn man for killing an imam and his associate near a mosque on Saturday. The authorities have charged Oscar Morel with two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.
Morel allegedly shot Imam Maulana Alauddin Akonjee, 55, and Thara Uddin, 54, at a close range when they were leaving Al-Fuquan Jame mosque in the Ozone Park neighborhood of Queens.
“All of a sudden I heard five shots,” said a witness, “I knew it wasn’t firecrackers. And then the commotion of the emergency (vehicles), and that’s when I knew…When I came here, they were doing CPR to both of the people on the ground.”
Although the police have not disclosed any possible motive behind the murders yet, sources claim the suspect was settling a score in a feud between the area Muslims and Hispanics.
Will this Mob of Muslims apologize 2 Trump 4 accusing him of murder!? #SickOpportunists
👉Oscar Morel was arrested pic.twitter.com/kBUfdqqg5Q
— Amy Mek (@AmyMek) August 16, 2016