The ritual killing is religious in nature. The victims were Coptic Christians and the murderer was Muslim (and we are painfully aware of the status and treatment of Coptic Christians under Muslim rule in Egypt).
The killing evokes this passage in the Quran: "When thy Lord was revealing to the angels, 'I am with you; so confirm the believers. I shall cast into the unbelievers' hearts terror; so smite above the necks, and smite every finger of them!" -- Qur'an 8:12 (thanks to Spencer)
Of course, everyone is saying he was such. a. nice. Muslim. An ex-roommate, Emma Abdelrehim, is shocked! shocked! I tell ya, that her ex-roommate is charged with decapitating two men.
He was an awesome person, awesome with kids, and he would never harm anyone, not even an animal,” Abdelrehim said. “What I saw on TV and what I read I could not believe. That is not his character, and I don’t think he has done such a crime.” (more here)
So ..... he was a "moderate" who suddenly went jihad? How many others are there? And where are the million hijabs against hate?
Gruesome double murder, men decapitated ABC News, February 11, 2013On the streets of Jersey City along Bergen Avenue, to the naked eye it's not obvious.
But to members of the close knit Coptic Orthodox church the pain is real.
"It's a shock, something like this doesn't happen to people like that," a resident said.
Now they know two members of the church have been brutally murdered.
But no one in this community seems to know why.
"It was crazy what happened to these two. Do they deserve it? No. Was it expected? Never. And it's just sad," a resident said.
The two victims were found buried in a back yard in Buena Vista, New Jersey last Thursday.
Monday, police announced an arrest.
28-year-old Yusuf Ibrahim is in custody.
Investigators say Ibrahim shot and killed the victims, severed their heads and hands, and buried the remains at a Buena Vista house.
Back in Jersey City, friends of the victims are praying that police will have the answers to the questions that now haunt them.
Privately some wonder if it had something to do with the victims' religion.