Man accused of killing co-founder of the Islamic Community of Greater Killeen

Published: Nov. 12, 2022 at 6:03 PM CST
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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) - The Bell County District Attorney’s Office on Monday, Nov. 14, returned a complaint charging 49-year-old Raymond Cecil Kastner with Murder in the killing of 69-year-old Muhammad Idrees Kahn at the Islamic Community of Greater Killeen.

At approximately 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12, officers were dispatched to the mosque located at 5600 State Highway 195 after police received a 911 call about a stabbing.

The officers located Kahn suffering from a stab wound and the suspect, now identified as Kastner, was detained, police said.

“The preliminary investigation revealed that the victim and the suspect were in a business relationship, and both attended the mosque,” Killeen Police said, “Both individuals were inside the mosque when the suspect stabbed the victim with a knife.”

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke at 1:37 p.m. on Saturday.

Danquah said Kahn helped build the Islamic Community of Killeen and is heartbroken of his loss. “He’s a co-founder of the Islamic Community of Greater Killeen. He’s one of the pillars in our community and we’re sadden by his loss. This is a great, great tragedy, like a kick in the guts. It hurts and we’re deeply sadden by this loss. We will overcome, we’ll get through it. We have faced many challenges, many tragedy throughout the history of Islam. As a nation, we have faced tragedy, and we have overcame. We will overcome this as well,” said Danquah.

Justice of the Peace Gregory Johnson arraigned Kastner and set his bond at $1,000,000. He is awaiting transport to the Bell County Jail.

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