San Francisco, CA, March 27, 2014 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) mourns the senseless murder of Hassan Alawsi, an Iraqi immigrant who fled the violence of his native country only to be gunned down in an apparent random act of hate. Alwasi was killed in the parking lot of a Sacramento area retail store.  The alleged assailant has expressed hatred for people of Middle Eastern descent, which may have motivated the seemingly arbitrary attack. 

Seth Brysk, ADL Central Pacific Regional Director offered condolences to the family of the victim and commended law enforcement for their response:

“Our condolences go out to the Alawsi family who has suffered an unimaginable loss due to senseless hate.  Hassan Alawsi’s murder was an attack against all members of our society.  It is a shocking reminder that hate can have horrific and tragic consequences if it is not confronted by the community.  We are grateful for the actions of the Sacramento County Sherriff’s Department as they vigorously pursued and apprehended the alleged perpetrator of this bias-motivated crime.”

ADL has long been a leader on the local, state and federal level to prevent and counteract bigotry and bias through work with law enforcement and a robust offering of educational programs.

ADL’s Central Pacific Region, based in San Francisco, spans Northern California, Utah, and Hawai’i.  The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world’s leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.  Follow us on Twitter @ADL_News