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The Council on American-Islamic Relations has pointed out that Todashev had voluntarily spoken with the FBI at least three times at their offices before they came to his apartment, and later shot and killed him.
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On Wednesday, members of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said the FBI should be brought in to help with the investigation. "The racial and religious slurs used in this act of violence clearly indicate a need to investigate a bias motive," said Sadyia Khalique, the director of operations for CAIR's state chapter. "By adding its resources to the investigation of this case, the FBI will send a message that hate-motivated acts of anti-Muslim violence will not be tolerated."
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CAIR-MD Joins Interfaith Vigil on Anniversary of Newtown Tragedy
(GAITHERSBURG, MD, 12/15/13) - On Saturday, December 14th, one year after the Newtown tragedy, the Maryland chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations joined Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Moms Demand Action-MD Director Jenifer Pauliukonis, Maryland State Senator Brian Frosh, Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence President Vincent DeMarco, NAACP-MD President Gerald Stansbury, and families of victims of gun violence in participating at an interfaith vigil to honor their memory at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Baltimore, Md.
An opening prayer was led by Dean Hal Hayek, followed by remarks and a poetry reading. The vigil culminated with the ringing of bells to remember the 26 lives lost in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, CT last year.
"One year after the Newtown tragedy, time has eased the pain but only heightened the sense of urgency that we cannot afford to be complacent," said CAIR-MD Representative Zainab Chaudry. "Gun violence isn't partial to one specific race, gender or religion. The pain and fear it causes transcends faith and politics and touches every segment of our society. We must work together to find a solution to eliminate this disease."
Some 30,000 lives are lost annually to gun violence in the United States alone. This rate is higher than any other industrialized nation in the world.
CAIR-MD is a chapter of America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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