(JNS.org) The American Jewish Committee's (AJC) U.S. Director of Muslim-Jewish Relations Robert Silverman condemned the “cold-blooded dual murder” of Imam Maulama Akonjee and his assistant Thara Uddin, who were shot in the head in Queens, New York on Sunday afternoon.
“We are deeply pained by this cold-blooded dual murder of Muslim religious leaders,” Silverman said after visiting the Al-Furqan Jame Mosque, where Akonjee worked, and its congregation late on Sunday.
“Our hearts go out to the families of the slain men, to their congregation, and to the Bangladeshi Muslim community in New York.”
Silverman will also represent AJC at the funerals of both victims. “Spending time, speaking with some of the men who knew and admired Imam Akonjee was especially heartbreaking. We stand with this traumatized community, and offer much support and understanding for healing,” he said.
As of yet, although the New York Police Department has taken suspect into custody, no motive for the crime has been determined. “Bringing the killer to justice must be an utmost priority,” Silverman said.