It seems that the murder of a New York City imam and his companion on Saturday August 14 was not a "Trump-inspired" "hate crime," but payback in an ongoing "turf war" between Latin Americans and Muslims in Queens.
Suspected shooter in Queens slaying of Imam and friend taken into police custody, may have been settling score in Muslim-Hispanic feud. [...]
Sources pointed to an ongoing feud between Muslims and Hispanics in the neighborhood, saying the shooting may have been payback after a group of Muslims allegedly attacked some Hispanics a few weeks earlier.
Despite this, Islamic demonstrations demanding revenge for a "hate crime" continued near the mosque.
Euronews grabbed on to the "hate crime" angle and brought Donald Trump's name into story.
The NYC police, however, stated that there was no hate-crime component to the murder as far as they could see:
New York police have charged a man with murder in connection with the killing of an imam and an aide on Saturday.
Oscar Morel, 35, was also charged with criminal possession of a weapon.
Imam Maulama Akonjee, 55, and Thara Uddin, 64, were shot in the head as they were walking after prayers in the borough of Queens.
Some mosque-goers suggested it was a hate crime, but police said there was no evidence so far that the men had been targeted because of their faith.
Following the shooting, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio said Muslims were living "in the perpetual crosshairs of bigotry."