“While we await the results of the full investigation, my thoughts are with the victims’ families, and my administration stands firmly with the Muslim community,” he said in a late-Sunday tweet.
Police in New Mexico asked for the public’s assistance on Sunday in locating a “vehicle of interest” in their investigation into the fatal shootings of Muslim men in Albuquerque over the past nine months, which investigators believe are connected.
As the investigation continues in New Mexico’s largest city, which is home to up to 5,000 Muslims out of a total population of 565,000, Mayor Tim Keller said state authorities are working to provide a “extra police presence at mosques during times of prayer.”
Police said the latest victim was gunned down on Friday night, shortly after attending funeral services for two others killed in recent weeks, according to local Islamic leaders.
All three of those men, as well as the very first victim, were Muslim men of Pakistani or Afghan descent who lived in Albuquerque.
Police have provided few details about the latest murder, but have described the first three as ambush shootings.
According to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, they are “targeted killings of Muslim residents.”
At a news conference, Albuquerque police said they were following a number of leads and issued a bulletin with photos of a four-door, dark grey Volkswagen sedan with tinted windows that they described as a “vehicle of interest” in the investigation.