Oscar Morel, 35, arrested and charged for the murder of the Queens imam and his assistant

The coldblooded killer who gunned down a revered Queens imam and his friend may have been settling a petty neighborhood beef between Muslims and Hispanics, police sources said early Monday.

Investigators were questioning the suspect taken into custody late Sunday night, and were pursuing the possibility the killing may have been a deranged escalation of a recent dispute over parking, according to sources.

But those sources cautioned that was only one of several possibilities detectives were exploring. Police had not yet ruled out the possibility the brazen daylight executions were a hate crime.

Police officials identified him as Oscar Morel, 35.


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