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PAAIA Reacts to the Verdict Finding Shayan Mazroei’s Murderer Guilty

Contact: Shannon Kuehn
Phone: (202) 828-8370

Washington, DC – The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) released the following statement regarding the outcome of Shayan Mazroei’s murder trial.

“PAAIA is relieved that some justice was served for Shayan Mazroei in the verdict ruled against his murderer, Craig Tanber. Although Tanber was convicted of second-degree murder, we believe that his trial should have been treated as a hate crime murder. We are still hopeful that Elizabeth Thornburg, the accomplice in this hate crime, will also be held accountable at her upcoming trial.

At a time when over 60% of Iranian Americans fear discrimination based on their national origin, Shayan’s tragic and untimely death is a sobering validation of our community’s worst fears. PAAIA extends its deepest sympathies to Shayan Mazroei’s family and friends as they continue to grieve their loss.”


The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nonsectarian organization that serves the interests of Iranian Americans and represents the community before U.S. policymakers and the American public at large.

December 18th, 2019

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