Some in Lexington’s muslim community question if slaying was a hate crime

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Friends and family of Salahuddin Jitmoud say they’re devastated over his death.

Those who knew him say he was a bright and dedicated person; a dedicated filmmaker who would work several jobs to support his passion.

Lexington police say Jitmoud was making deliveries for Pizza Hut when he was found dead at the Walnut Hill Apartments Sunday night.  Police say he’d been cut in the area of the neck.

Some people in the Muslim community worry his death could be more than just a senseless crime, one that could have been motivated by hate.

"For there to be senseless violence is one horrible aspect, but to have purposeful violence, diabolical violence aimed at people who represent the Muslim community, then that’s a whole another level and I think the Muslim community simply wants answers," says Ihsan Bagby, a member of the Board of Trustees at the mosque Jitmoud attended.

Lexington police say it’s too soon to know if the murder was a hate crime. 

So far, no arrests have been made.  Police are asking for the public’s help.

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