Son of suspect in Muslim slayings to stay in custody

The 21-year-vintage son of an Afghan refugee suspected withinside the taking pictures deaths of 4 Muslim guys in New Mexico will continue to be in custody pending trial on a fee that he allegedly supplied a fake deal with on a shape whilst buying a gun final year


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The son of an Afghan refugee suspected withinside the taking pictures deaths of 4 Muslim guys in New Mexico will continue to be in custody pending trial on a fee that he allegedly supplied a fake deal with on a shape whilst buying a gun final year.

Shaheen Syed, 21, regarded in U.S. district courtroom docket in Albuquerque on Monday, with the decide granting a movement with the aid of using federal prosecutors to maintain him at the back of bars pending the continuing research.

In their movement, prosecutors pointed to cellular phone statistics that they are saying display Syed in all likelihood helped his father music Naeem Hussain, a 25-year-vintage guy from Pakistan who changed into fatally shot on Aug. five withinside the automobile parking space of a refugee resettlement enterprise in southeast Albuquerque.

“The proof that marketers had been capable of accumulate to date on this hastily unfolding research is glaringly alarming with admire to the defendant’s quick and common communications together along with his father each earlier than and after the homicide of Naeem Hussain,” the movement stated.

Albuquerque police have charged Muhammad Syed, 51, with homicide withinside the deaths of Aftab Hussein and Muhammad Afzaal Hussain. Hussein, 41, changed into slain at the night time of July 26 after parking his vehicle withinside the standard spot close to his domestic. Afzaal Hussain, a 27-year-vintage city planner who had labored at the marketing campaign of a New Mexico congresswoman, changed into gunned down at the night time of Aug. 1 whilst taking his night walk.

The elder Syed is the number one suspect — however hasn’t been charged — withinside the demise of Naeem Hussain and the slaying of Muhammad Zahir Ahmadi, a 62-year-vintage Afghan immigrant who changed into fatally shot withinside the head final November at the back of the marketplace he owned withinside the city.

Court files filed in federal courtroom docket supplied greater information about Naeem Hussain’s killing, announcing it regarded he were accompanied to Lutheran Family Services, the resettlement enterprise, following funeral offerings for 2 of the opposite taking pictures victims. Shots had been fired at his SUV round four p.m., putting him withinside the head and the arm.

Prosecutors declare that Shaheen Syed spoke together along with his father whilst his telecellsmartphone changed into someplace withinside the widespread location of the Islamic Center of New Mexico and shortly after his father’s telecellsmartphone pinged in a place that covered Lutheran Family Services.

After Hussain changed into fatally shot, Shaheen Syed’s telecellsmartphone moved to a place in the direction of the crime scene, in keeping with the movement. Ten mins after the taking pictures, the movement states the guys shared a 2d name as their telephones remained withinside the “widespread location of the homicide.”

Syed’s legal professional argued that prosecutors gave no indication of the scale of the location that his telecellsmartphone changed into in relative to the taking pictures.


The Syed own circle of relatives domestic is a couple of minutes force from each the Islamic Center and Lutheran Family Services.

John Anderson, Shaheen Syed’s legal professional, did now no longer go back messages searching for remark however stated in courtroom docket filings that the allegations in opposition to his customer had been “skinny and speculative.”

“The United States’ movement boils right all the way down to an attempt to detain defendant for a criminal offense with which he has now no longer even been charged,” Anderson argued, regarding the slayings of the Muslim guys.

Anderson additionally covered a image of a Florida driver’s license issued to Shaheen Syed in 2021, contradicting prosecutors’ claims that he misrepresented himself as a Florida resident whilst creating a buy at an Albuquerque gun save.

Prosecutors additionally supplied previous police reviews of Shaheen Syed allegedly beating his father and sister and an unrelated incident wherein he and his brother had been allegedly concerned in a taking pictures out of doors a Walmart.

Court files country that weapons bought with the aid of using Syed and his father at an Albuquerque gun save in July were in part painted white. The weapons had been seized all through a seek of the own circle of relatives’s domestic; and checking out decided bullet casings determined on the July 25 and Aug. 1 shootings matched the rifle that belonged to Muhammad Syed.

Casings determined at one of the crime scenes additionally matched a handgun determined withinside the elder Syed’s car whilst he changed into taken into custody, in keeping with a crook complaint.

Muhammad Syed is scheduled to seem earlier than a country district decide Wednesday as prosecutors are looking for to have him detained with out bond pending trial on the 2 counts of homicide.