Man charged with murder of imam and friend
POLICE charged a suspect with the double murder of an imam and his friend, a brutal slaying that sent shockwaves through American Muslim communities.
Oscar Morel, a 35-year-old Brooklyn man, was charged with two counts of murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, NYPD detective Hubert Reyes said on August 15.
Fearful Muslims have demanded stepped-up security and justice as hundreds of mourners attended the two men’s funeral service.
Maulama Akonjee, 55, who migrated to the United States from Bangladesh, and his friend, 64-year-old Thara Uddin, were shot dead in broad daylight on August 13 in the Ozone Park neighbourhood.
Mr Morel was taken into custody on August 14. Following his detention, he was charged with a hit-and-run which took place about 5 kilometres away from the double murder and the assault of a police office.
The murder charges were added on August 15 after police recovered a gun and clothing from his house that were similar to those believed used by the shooter.
Mr Morel was known to have been in the area of the double murder eight minutes before the homicide and took off directly afterward. –