New York man charged with murder in deaths of imam, assistant

Community members pray during the funeral service of Akonjee, and Uddin in the Queens borough of New York City

(Reuters) – A New York man, Oscar Morel, of Brooklyn, was charged on Monday with two counts of second-degree murder in the shooting deaths of a Muslim imam and his assistant, a police spokesman said.

Morel, 35, was also charged with two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, the spokesman added.

(Reporting by Ian Simpson; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)