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"This is a really disturbing image and we are really heartbroken here," says mosque member Faisal Mohamed.
Overnight, a vandal broke in through a window and trashed the mosque, knocking over book shelves, damaging an air conditioner and anything else he could get his hands on.
"The broken window glass, vending machines, microwave, everything has been thrown, smashed and thrown against each other," says Faisal Mohamed.
A member who was driving by saw the back door of the mosque open. He stopped and confronted the man before the vandal ran away, waring nothing but his boxer shorts.
"Whoever did this must have very bad disrespect to the Koran, to the religious, to the mosque or to the community," says Faisal Mohamed.
"It's heartbreaking to see this and not the first time it's happened," says Mosque Mohamed Hassan Mohamed.
Almost 3 years ago to the day, the same mosque was vandalized by someone who sprayed graffiti and hate filled messages on the front building. The FBI took over the case as a hate crime, but no one was ever arrested. Members are happy about the quick action by the police, but wonder why they continue to be targets.
"We love our community," says Mosque Mohamed Hassan Mohamed. "It doesn't matter what faith they belong to. This is just an empty place during the night where we don't have any sessions."
Metro Police will be beefing up patrols in that area to make sure no copy cat crimes happen.
Monday, February 11 2013, 09:29 PM CST
Man pleads guilty to Memphis officer's murder
May 21, 2013 22:22 GMT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A former death row inmate is set to be released from prison after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of a Memphis police officer.
Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich said Tuesday that she has accepted Timothy McKinney's guilty plea.
McKinney was convicted of first-degree murder for the fatal shooting of Officer Don Williams. The officer was killed outside a comedy club in December 1997.
McKinney appealed and won a new trial, which ended with a deadlocked jury. A third trial earlier this year also ended in a hung jury.
The Commercial Appeal reports that McKinney was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Since he's already served more than 15 years -- including 11 on death row -- McKinney will be released this week.
Williams' family opposed the settlement.
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