Tinley Park Muslim Family Receives Hate Mail

July 2, 2006

Source: Daily Southtown


On July 2, 2006 the Daily Southtown reported, "Just a month after the Mashni family lost a son, it now must deal with a new kind of grief. The Tinley Park family on Thursday received an anonymous hate letter in the mail, postmarked Wednesday from the Bedford Park regional post office.

It reads, 'Muslims go home to your country. You are not welcome in our community. Is your weekends training for making bombs? How many bomb experts you have living with you? Muslims get out NOW.'

'I think it is sickening,' Kamal Mashni said. 'Whoever wrote it has to be from the neighborhood. I don't even know any of them (neighbors). That's the funny part.'

Mashni, his wife and their sons moved into their home in the Brementowne subdivision in mid-May, a week before the couple's 21-year-old son died from seizure complications. Since his death, the house has been filled with family and friends on weekends, Mashni said.

Mashni speculated that a neighbor might be upset about the number of cars parked near the family's home.

'I make sure they don't block driveways,' he said.

Tinley Park police are investigating the letter as a hate crime, which is a felony, and likely will team with postal inspectors next week, police Cmdr. Rick Bruno said."