For Immediate Release: The Afghan-American Conference (AAC), The Afghan Diaspora for Equality and Progress (ADEP), and The Samovar Network (TSN)

Afghan-American Community Organizations Condemn Hate Crime in Indiana

Washington, D.C. February 21, 2019 - On Saturday, February 16, 2019, the Afghan-American community learned that Mustafa Ayoubi, a 32-year-old Afghan-American, was murdered in a hate crime in Indianapolis, Indiana. The tragedy occurred following what authorities are calling a road-rage incident on I-465, according to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. Friends of Ayoubi witnessed the suspect shouting anti-Islamic slugs and derogatory comments such as “you foreigners you need to go back and get our of my country.” Ayoubi’s family believes the shooting was a hate crime. At the moment, homicide detectives are not investigating this case as one.

The Afghan-American Conference (AAC), The Afghan Diaspora for Equality and Progress (ADEP), and The Samovar Network (TSN) jointly condemn this senseless act of hate and violence. This shocking violence has left a family and entire community devastated. We stand with communities of color that have been impacted by unjustified violence and hate crimes. We call on the Indianapolis Police Department to conduct a thorough review and hold the suspect accountable for committing a hate crime. We call on Indiana’s lawmakers to pass a hate crime statute since no such law currently exists in the state. The need for immediate reform transcends creed, color, class, and political affiliation.

Contact:

Arash Azizzada

info@adeprogress.org

(202) 277-5481

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