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Prez Biden denounces murder of 6-year-old Muslim boy in Illinois as ‘horrific act of crime’

Washington DC, United States: The President of the United States, Joe Biden, condemned the murder of a Muslim boy, 6, in Illinois. President and First Lady Jill Biden has called this murder a “horrific act of crime.”

In this regard, a statement was officially released by the White House, which read that there is no place for such crime in America. Biden further stated that these crimes stand against the fundamental values of every American.

The statement further read, “Jill and I were shocked and sickened to learn of the brutal murder of a six-year-old child and the attempted murder of the child’s mother in their home yesterday in Illinois. The child’s Palestinian Muslim family came to America seeking what we all seek—a refuge to live, learn, and pray in peace.”

Alleged murdered and 6-year-old victim boy | Credits: Google Images

It continued and outlined that the administration rejects any kind of crime and rejects Islamophobia. The statement underscored, “As Americans, we must come together and reject Islamophobia and all forms of bigotry and hatred. I have said repeatedly that I will not be silent in the face of hate. We must be unequivocal. There is no place in America for hate against anyone.”

In conclusion, President Biden appealed to the general public to stand together to send prayers and condolences to the family of the 6-year-old child. He also said that everyone should also wish for the speedy recovery of the child’s mother.

Biden’s statement on ‘hate crime’:

In addition to this, President Biden also took his official X, formerly known as Twitter, account to address hatred. He outlined that “hate toward one group left unanswered opens the door for more hate towards more groups.”

Biden underscored, “We have to reject hate in every form.”

“History has taught us again and again that antisemitism, Islamophobia, homophobia, transphobia—they’re all connected. That’s why the laws that actually protect equality matter to every single American, no matter who you are, who you love, or where you come from,” his post of X further addressed.

What the police have to say:

According to the Police, the killing was linked to the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas.

The preliminary information has stated that the six-year-old Muslim boy was stabbed dozens of times by his landlord. During this attack, the mother of the little boy was also stabbed, she managed to survive and has been hospitalized.

In this “heinous” attack, the child was reportedly stabbed 26 times, according to the statement issued by the Will Country sheriff’s office in Illinois. Accordingly, the woman called 911 after fighting with the landlord. The suspect was identified to be 71-year-old Joseph Czuba.

As per the reports by the news agency AFP, the statement informed, “Detectives were able to determine that both victims in this brutal attack were targeted by the suspect due to them being Muslim and the ongoing Middle Eastern conflict involving Hamas and the Israelis.”
Notably, the officers from the sheriff’s office did not reveal the nationality of the child.

However, the Chicago office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, also known as CAIR, identified him as a Palestinian-American child.

A statement by the sheriff further outlined, “Deputies located two victims inside the residence in a bedroom. Both victims had multiple stab wounds to their chest, torso, and upper extremities.”

According to the officers, when they arrived at the crime spot, they found Czuba sitting on the ground near the driveway. He was charged with murder, attempted murder and two counts of hate crime, but before, he was taken to hospital for treatment.

Witness statement:

According to a text message sent by the woman to the father of the murdered boy, the suspect “knocked on the door and attempted to choke her, and said, ‘you Muslims’ must die.” She further outlined that the attack was “our worst nightmare,” CAIR said in a statement.

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