Man charged in murder of imam, assistant felt ‘hatred’ toward Muslims

Man charged in Imam killings: I don’t hate Muslims ‘He was out of control’: Cyclist details frenzied imam ‘killer’ Prosecutor says imam’s killing was a ‘premeditated assassination’ ‘We are Americans, just like you!’: Mourners demand justice for slain imam, assistant The man accused of fatally shooting an imam and his aide on a Queens street felt a “hatred” toward Muslims in the days after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, his brother said Monday. “The only time we ever felt anything was 9/11,” Alvin Morel said. “We felt that same anger. We all had a hatred.” Oscar Morel, 35, was charged Monday night with two counts of second-degree murder for Saturday’s broad-daylight slaying of Imam Maulama Akonjee, 55, and aide Thara Uddin, 64, in South Ozone Park. Police have not yet speculated on a motive, but Morel’s brother insisted that his anger at Muslims over 9/11 was only “temporary” and he now “definitely has no hate for the Muslims.” “We’re Catholic-school kids — we don’t do this,” Alvin added. “He’s a good guy.” Meanwhile, sources said Monday that Oscar Morel admitted to cops that he was at the scene at the time of the slaying and that he is the person caught on video sneaking up behind the pair. But he insists he never shot anyone. “I did not shoot the guy,’’ Morel said to cops, according to sources. But NYPD officials don’t buy it. “We believe because of the evidence . . . that this is the individual,” NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said Monday. That evidence includes a revolver found at Morel’s home that matches the type of gun detectives believe was used in the shooting.  (No shell casings were found at the scene, a source told The Post.) Police are also testing powder residue on his clothes.

via nypost:_ Man charged in murder of imam, assistant felt ‘hatred’ toward Muslims

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