President Joe Biden said Sunday his administration “stands firmly with the Muslim community” following the killing of four Muslim men in Albuquerque, New Mexico, over the past nine months in suspected targeted attacks.
Biden, in a statement posted on Twitter on Sunday said he was “angry and saddened by the horrific killings”. He added that “those hateful attacks have no place in America.”
“As we await a full investigation, my prayers go out to the families of the victims, and my administration stands firmly with the Muslim community,” he said.
The president’s comment comes two days after a fourth Muslim was found dead. Federal and local authorities said they were still investigating whether this latest death was linked to the other three, while the state governor said describes the four men as “targeted”.
The first three killings, which took place on August 1, July 26 and November 7 respectively, involved victims fatally shot in an ambush-style attack, authorities said.
Details of the fourth man’s death were not released Sunday afternoon. He was only described as being in his mid-twenties, Muslim and from South Asia.
A $20,000 reward was offered for information about the shooting by the Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers.