Published in the U.K. Independent
September 17 2001 Asian man murdered in suspected race-hate shooting Revenge Attacks
In Pleasant Grove, a middle-class suburb of Dallas, Waqar Hassan Choudhry, 40, was shot dead at a convenience store shortly after 10pm on Saturday night. There was no evidence of a robbery, and local detectives told Mr Choudhry's family they believed his killing was motivated by blind revenge.
Officially, the police were saying little. "We don't know who did it or why, it's too early in the investigation," Sergeant Gary Kilpatrick of the Dallas police homicide department said. "At this point, we can't prove or disprove anything. We're looking for witnesses and checking the evidence."
But the victim's cousin, Mazhar Rehman, said yesterday he was almost certainly killed because of his race or religion. "We feel this is more likely to be backlash than robbery," Mr Rehman, a businessman from Glasgow, said. "My cousin was saying that there have been other incidents in Dallas, with people being abused or beaten up."
Mr Choudhry, married with four girls, was from Karachi and had been in America for 10 years. He had recently moved to Dallas from Edison, New Jersey, home to one of the east coast's largest Pakistani communities, to run the petrol station with another immigrant.