Road rage shooting suspect charged with murder, Muslim community leaders call for hate crime investigation
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Plainfield man accused of killing another man after an alleged road rage incident on I-465 appeared in court Friday and was officially charged with murder.
Investigators say Dustin Passarelli shot and killed 32-year-old Mustafa Ayoubi last Saturday.
Police say the incident started on I-465 near 38th Street. Passarelli told investigators Ayoubi threw something at his car, so Passarelli followed him home.
Witnesses said Passarelli, was “cussing at Mr. Ayoubi and using religious and ethnic insults like, ‘Go back to your country,’” according to court documents.
Officers say he then shot Ayoubi twice in the back. His funeral was Thursday.
The Council on American Islamic Relations wants police to investigate his death as a hate crime.
The FBI says it’s looking into whether this is a federal civil rights violation case.
Ayoubi’s sister, Zahra Ayoubi, spoke with the media at the Marion County Courthouse this morning. She asked the community to spread awareness about hate crimes, adding that if it can happen to her family, it can happen to anyone.