No Evidence Found to Indicate that San Bernardino Mosque Fire a Hate Crime

June 6, 2005

Source: San Bernardino County Sun,1413,208~12588~2907484,00.html

On June 6, 2005 the San Bernardino County Sun reported, "the fire that leveled a rural mosque here was not fueled by the flames of hatred, authorities said Monday. 'There is no evidence it was a hate crime,' said Robin Haynal, spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, which is investigating with the help of the county Fire Department and FBI. 'They don't even have anything pointing toward arson.'

The blaze erupted at 4:24 a.m. Friday in the mosque at the United Islamic Youth Organization Cemetery, two miles north of Southern California Logistics Airport. Other parts of the cemetery likely would have been desecrated if the fire had been hate motivated, fire and sheriff's officials said.

But some Muslims wonder if it is more than coincidence that cemetery buildings were burglarized four times during the two weeks before the mosque burned."