According to witnesses, Passarelli made several Islamophobic remarks and was using hate speech before he fatally shot Ayoubi.
After the shooting, Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said the killing couldn’t be tried as a hate crime in Indiana, but he would “vigorously prosecute” Passarelli to get justice for Ayoubi, his loved ones and the Indiana Muslim community.
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Passarelli was not charged with a hate crime, but six weeks after Ayoubi’s murder, Indiana lawmakers passed a hate crimes bill that included a provision allowing judges to impose longer sentences for crimes motivated by bias.
On May 17, Passarelli was convicted of murder after a three-day trial.
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