Father Gunned Down After Dropping Daughter off at School


Con­tact: Lak­sh­mi Sri­daran

SAALT and the Nation­al Coun­cil of Asian Pacif­ic Amer­i­cans (NCAPA) note with sad­ness and alarm yet anoth­er inci­dent of vio­lence against Mus­lim, Arab, Sikh, Hin­du, and South Asian com­mu­ni­ties.

Last Fri­day, Feb­ru­ary 28, Mukhtar Ahmed, a Pak­istani Mus­lim man in Louisville, KY, was gunned down and killed after drop­ping his daugh­ter off at school. Local police have made an arrest, but have not yet released infor­ma­tion on a pos­si­ble motive. We must place this inci­dent in the con­text of the trou­bling num­ber of recent attacks against Mus­lim, South Asian, Sikh, Hin­du, and Arab com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers and insti­tu­tions in the last few months alone.

These include:

  • The hit and run killing of a Soma­li Mus­lim boy in front of a mosque in Kansas City last Decem­ber 4, 2014;
  • An attack on a Flori­da Iraqi busi­ness own­er on Feb­ru­ary 6, 2015;
  • The police beat­ing of an Indi­an grand­fa­ther in Madi­son, AL also on Feb­ru­ary 6, 2015;
  • The exe­cu­tion-style mur­der of three Arab-Mus­lim stu­dents in North Car­oli­na on Feb­ru­ary 10, 2015;
  • A like­ly arson attack on the Hous­ton Islam­ic Insti­tute on Feb­ru­ary 13, 2015;
  • Van­dal attacks on two Hin­du tem­ples in Wash­ing­ton State on Feb­ru­ary 14, 2015 and Feb­ru­ary 28, 2015

This steady stream of vio­lent inci­dents reminds us that our com­mu­ni­ties remain under attack—as SAALT detailed in our Sep­tem­ber 2014 report, Under Sus­pi­cion, Under Attack.

Unfor­tu­nate­ly, these attacks occur as the dom­i­nant rhetoric that posits Mus­lim Amer­i­cans as sus­pect and under sus­pi­cion continues—through pro­grams such as the FBI’s efforts to map Mus­lim Amer­i­can com­mu­ni­ties and the recent White House Coun­ter­ing Vio­lent Extrem­ism (CVE) Sum­mit, which focused exclu­sive­ly on Mus­lims as per­pe­tra­tors of “vio­lent extrem­ism.”

Fed­er­al, state, and local law enforce­ment must all address domes­tic hate vio­lence inci­dents tar­get­ing Mus­lim, Arab, Sikh, Hin­du, and South Asian com­mu­ni­ties. We all deserve to feel safe.