- Associated Press - Friday, February 19, 2016

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 (https://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.

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Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com

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