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New Mexico's Muslim community reels from arrest in killings

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A fear of attacks that had rippled through Muslim communities nationwide after the fatal shootings of four Muslim men in Albuquerque gave way to shock and sadness when it turned out the suspect in the killings is one of their own. Muhammad Syed, 51, was arrested late Monday after a traffic stop more than 100 miles (160 kilometers) from his Albuquerque home. The Afghan immigrant denied any connection to the crimes that shook the city and its small Muslim community. In court documents, in fact, he told police that he was so unnerved by the slayings that he was driving to Houston to find a new home for his family, which includes six children. But investigators said they have ample evidence to prove his guilt, though they have yet to uncover the motive for the ambush-style killings, the first of which was in November and then three between July 26 and last Friday.
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New Mexico Muslim killings suspect makes first court appearance

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The suspect in a string of slayings that terrified this city's Muslim community faced a judge for the first time on Wednesday and was ordered held until an upcoming detention hearing. Muhammad Syed, 51, made a court appearance via Zoom and was told he's being charged...

Morning mishap takes out steel fence

Rio Rancho first responders chat with the driver of that white Ford, seen at left, which was headed east on Meadowlark Lane just before noon on Wednesday, when it abruptly headed north, taking down a section of steel fence before coming to rest facing south against a wood wall at Meadowlark Apartments. There didn’t appear to be any serious injuries, nor any disruption of traffic on Meadowlark Lane. (Gary Herron/Observer)

ABQ Biopark baby orangutan has first checkup and shot

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Baby Bulan the Orangutan had his first medical exam a little more than two months since Sarah the Orangutan gave birth to him. Like a human, Bulan got a checkup and his first shot. ABQ Biopark veterinarians were able to do the checkup a little earlier than they normally would. “A lot […]

University of New Mexico Hospital celebrates new parking garage

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The University of New Mexico Hospital celebrated the opening of its new parking garage Wednesday. The garage, which has three times the space of the old garage, will eventually service the new critical care tower currently under construction. The garage itself however is already open and in use. “Although many of our resources […]

Hall of fame athlete, hall of fame guy passes

Former Cibola High School boys basketball coach and athletic director, and later the Eagle Ridge Middle School athletic coordinator, Phil Schroer passed away unexpectedly Tuesday afternoon. It caught the local sports community by surprise. Larry Chavez, former RRPS athletics director, said he got the bad news Tuesday evening. Chavez met...

Boil-water advisory issued for mobile home park in Doña Ana County

LAS CRUCES – New Mexico's Drinking Water Bureau issued a "boil water advisory" Wednesday afternoon for a mobile home park located in Doña Ana County. The Madrid Mobile Home Park in San Ysidro, north of Las Cruces, was ordered to notify those who receive drinking water from its distribution system that E. coli bacteria was repeatedly detected in drinking water samples. The state Environment Department said that approximately 64 users are affected. Notice of the violation by the park is required within 24 hours under drinking water regulations.

Son of Albuquerque Muslim Killing Suspect Arrested on Federal Gun Violation

A son of Muhammad Syed, the suspect in at least two murders of Muslim men in Albuquerque, has been arrested on a federal gun charge after allegedly lying on a background check. Shaheen “Maiwand” Syed was arrested on Tuesday and charged with allegedly buying two guns while using a fake address. In an affidavit criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court for New Mexico, prosecutors allege the younger Syed indicated he lived in Broward County, Florida, when purchasing two rifles in June 2021 in Albuquerque—when he had lived New Mexico for years. The discrepancy was revealed during an investigation into the elder Syed in connection with the July 26 killing of Aftab Hussein and the Aug. 1 killing of Muhammad Afzaal Hussain. The AR-15 and AK-47 the young Syed allegedly bought are not mentioned in the criminal complaint against his father—but it does list guns that the pair bought together. Read more at The Daily Beast.

APS parents say pick-up line at Chaparral Elementary School is dangerous

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – It’s the first day of school for Albuquerque Public School students and parents are already experiencing chaos during pickup at Chaparral Elementary School. During pickup time the road becomes congested with cars as parents wait to pick up their kids. Some complain their biggest problem is the blind curve on 64th and […]

2022 NM State Fair reintroduces student art exhibit

NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – After three years of being absent from Expo New Mexico due to the pandemic, The School Arts Showcase will be making its return back to the New Mexico State Fair in 2022. The last time the showcase was featured in person was in 2019. The last two years have been virtual. According […]