December 4, 2023

By Sophia Tareen | Related Press

CHICAGO — A 6-year-old boy was being buried Monday and his mom was hospitalized with stab wounds after their 71-year-old landlord attacked them due to their Muslim religion and excessive feelings over the Israel-Hamas struggle globally and nationwide, police mentioned.

Jewish and Muslim teams have reported a rise of hateful rhetoric within the wake of the struggle, and Chicago-area landlord Joseph Czuba had made disparaging remarks about Muslims to the Palestinian American household, based on the native Council on American-Islamic Relations.

On Saturday, the 32-year-old mom referred to as 911 to report that her landlord had attacked her with a knife. She bumped into a toilet and saved preventing him off, the Will County Sheriff’s Workplace mentioned.

“Detectives have been in a position to decide that each victims on this brutal assault have been focused by the suspect attributable to them being Muslim and the continued Center Jap battle involving Hamas and the Israelis,” the sheriff’s assertion mentioned.

The person suspected within the assault was discovered “sitting upright exterior on the bottom close to the driveway of the residence” with a reduce on his brow, authorities mentioned.

Czuba, of Plainfield, was charged with first-degree homicide, tried first-degree homicide, two counts of hate crimes and aggravated battery with a lethal weapon. He was scheduled to look Monday in a court docket in Joliet.

Makes an attempt to succeed in Czuba or a member of the family have been unsuccessful Sunday, and the sheriff’s workplace and county public defender’s workplace didn’t instantly return messages about Czuba’s authorized illustration.

Wadea Al-Fayoume had simply turned 6, his paternal uncle Yousef Hannon mentioned.

“We aren’t animals, we’re people. We would like folks to see us as people, to really feel us as people, to cope with us as people,” mentioned Hannon, who migrated to the U.S. in 1999 to work as a public faculty trainer, amongst different jobs.

“Wadea needs to be heading to high school within the morning. As an alternative, his dad and mom will get up with out their son,” lllinois Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker mentioned.