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New Jersey Community Enraged Over Suspected Religious Murders


Members of a Coptic Christian community in the eastern U.S. state of New Jersey have accused Muslims of slaying a family of four Egyptian immigrants, but authorities have yet to determine the motive in the killings.

Enraged mourners in Jersey City threatened Muslims trying to attend Monday's funeral ceremonies, after allegations emerged that 47-year-old immigrant Hossam Armanious, his wife and their two daughters were murdered in a hate crime.

Authorities say they are looking at a number of possible motives for the murders, including robbery, because no money or valuables were found in the family's residence.

But the Associated Press says investigators also are looking into the possibility that Muslims angry about Mr. Armanious' Internet chatroom postings could have carried out the murders.

Some information for this report provided by AP.