Community protests gun violence after Brooklyn father murdered in carjacking

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Modassar Khandaker, his wife, and son. Photo GoFundMe page “Help a devastated ozone park family in crisis”

Hundreds of people mourning the yet-to-be-solved murder of Modassar Khandaker, a Bangladeshi immigrant, in Brooklyn, gathered to call for justice, abc7ny reported Feb. 11, 2022.

Khandaker, 36, was shot during a carjacking in front of his house, at 12.45 am, a police tweet said. Khandaker stepped out of his car Wednesday Feb. 9/10, when he was shot.

Cbslocal reported that a neighbor Nezrul Islam said he heared just one shot, and that his outdoor surveillance video captured two men, one of them wearing a mask, who Islam said, jumped into the car and drove off.

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The shooting took place near the mosque that Khandaker attended across from his home, and mourners gathered at the spot where he was shot and killed.

People protested against gun violence in the city.

“As I stand in front of you, I am sure somewhere, somehow an innocent victim has been shot or lost their lives due to illegal firearms and gun violence,” an imam whose name is not given, is quoted saying in the abc7ny.com report.

“I don’t know if justice will be served or not, but I know one thing-that God Almighty will not spare this criminal,” the victim’s brother Onik Khandaker is quoted saying.

The motive for the killing is not known, which is instilling fear in the community. Imam Kabir Chowdhury of Masjid Al-Aman, is quoted saying the community did not want to gather again in some other location where such a killing takes place, adding, “…something needs to happen with the mayor and the NYPD as soon as possible.”

Khandaker was just 36 years old and worked at JFK Airport.

A fundraiser has been set up in his memory by Khairul Islam on GoFundMe at “Help a devastated Ozone Park family in crisis”. As of Feb. 15, $38,688 was collected towards a goal of $100,000. Donations raised are anything from $20 to $1,000.

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