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Newark Imam’s Son Arrested on Gun Charges Amid Ongoing Homicide Investigation

January 30, 2024

The son of the late Imam Hassan Sharif, Abdush K. Sharif 36, has been arrested on firearms violations at a Newark residence. He is being held at the Essex County Correctional Facility pending his detention hearing, according to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.

He was arrested at a home in Newark on Jan. 26. Two others, Kevin Rogers and Dashawn Kitchen, were also apprehended.

The investigation into the imam’s homicide continues is active and ongoing, with suspicions lingering about family involvement.

Sharif was known for his dedication to feeding the needy and fighting gun violence. Sharif’s tragic death has left a void in the hearts of those who knew him. A married father and passionate boxer, Sharif also served as a TSA officer at Newark Liberty International Airport since 2006.

The incident unfolded on Jan. 3, just after 6 a.m., when Sharif was shot multiple times outside Masjid Muhammad mosque. Despite efforts to save him, he was pronounced dead at a local hospital approximately six hours later.

The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office has remained tight-lipped, offering no comments beyond their official statement. Attempts to reach Sharif’s attorney have been unsuccessful, adding another layer of mystery to this heartbreaking incident.

Rewards totaling $35,000 are offered for information on the perpetrator.



Credit: NBC

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