Nowhere in the teachings of Islam, nowhere in the teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, would we countenance any man taking the lives of innocent human beings, Min. Farrakhan told reporters and community activists during an Oct. 26 news conference at Mosque Maryam.
I and we grieve for the senseless loss of life. I and we grieve with all the families that lost loved ones for we were touched in grief as well. But we also grieve for John Allen Williams, who will have to grow up in an environment and live with whatever comes from the trial of these two persons. If they are found guilty, that will affect every member of his family.
One of the vicims, Ken Bridges, was a Black empowerment activist and longtime friend and associate of Min. Farrakhan. It grieved us much to hear that his life was lost as a result of the sniper, e said.
Maryland officials Oct. 25 charged Mr. Williams, 41, and teen John Lee Malvo with six counts of first-degree murder in the shootings. A third man, reportedly co-owner of a Blue Chevrolet Caprice the pair was caught in, was arrested as a material witness Oct. 26.
The accused sniper was in bad standing with the Nation over a child custody dispute with his second wife, who attends a D.C.-area mosque, Min. Farrakhan said. He had not been heard from since 1999, the Minister said. If guilty as charged, the man will not be considered a member of the Nation, he said.
We would all ask that any who is guilty of such be punished to the fullest extent of the law, Min. Farrakhan added. Under the Nations teachings, members are not allowed to possess any weapon, Min. Farrakhan explained.
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