Police charge Brooklyn man for murder of imam and assistant outside mosque

Worshippers attend funeral prayers for slain Queens imam
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On Monday night, New York police charged Oscar Morel, 35, with two counts of second-degree murder for the fatal shooting on Saturday of a Muslim religious leader and his associate outside their mosque in Queens. Police had taken Morel into custody on Sunday night after tracing his car through surveillance video; he was initially held for an unrelated hit-and-run and for ramming into a police car when the NYPD approached him. The imam, Alauddin Akonjee, 55, and assistant Thara Miah, 64, were shot in the head, and police said Monday that they are still not sure of the motive.

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