PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Muslim advocacy group is asking authorities to look into the death of an Oregon man as a possible hate crime.
The Oregonian reports (http://is.gd/cmfdMJ) that the Council on American-Islamic Relations has asked the Washington County Sheriff's Office to investigate whether the death of 68-year-old Abdul Jamil Kamawal was motivated by anti-Islamic sentiments.
Kamawal was found dead outside his family's suburban Portland home Feb. 10 without his shoes on. Because Muslims remove their shoes during prayer, Rabah Khamis, a volunteer at Kamawal's mosque, says some believe Kamawal was praying when he was killed in Tigard.
Authorities arrested Michael Troxell, who was arraigned Thursday on a count of murder.
Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Bob Ray says investigators have neither enough evidence to indicate or rule out a hate crime. He says federal authorities have asked for information on the investigation.
Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com