A Seattle man murdered a gay couple as “vengeance” for US intervention in the Middle East, prosecutors claim.
Ali Muhammed Brown, 30, faces a charge of aggravated murder for the killing of Ahmed Said, 27, and Dwone Anderson-Young, 23 in Seattle on June 1.
It was thought that Brown targeted the two Seattle men through a gay hookup app, with a friend of the victims telling investigators they were using Grindr or Jack’d on the evening of their death.
He is facing another charge in Washington for the killing of 30-year-old Leroy Henderson, and in New Jersey for the killing of 19-year-old Brendan Tevlin.
Brown, who police hunted for several weeks, was tracked down and finally arrested in New Jersey in July.
According to King County Prosecutor’s Office, Brown has admitted the killings were ‘retribution’ for US action in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.
He said: “My mission is my mission between me and my lord. That’s it. My mission is vengeance, for the lives, millions of lives are lost every day.
“All these lives are taken every single day by America, by this government. So a life for a life.”
Prosecutors said: “The defendant was on a bloody crusade, executing four innocent men with the same murder weapon, over the course of approximately two months, and all under the common and single scheme of exacting ‘vengeance’ against the United States government for its foreign policies.”
It is unclear which of the charges Brown will stand trial for first.