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The adult son of New Jersey Imam Hassan Sharif, who was shot and killed outside a Newark mosque earlier this month, and two other men have been arrested on gun charges, yet authorities stressed in making the announcement Monday that their investigation into the Muslim leader’s death remains ongoing. 

Abdush K. Sharif, 36, Kevin Rogers, 46, and Deshawn Kinchen, 49, have each been charged with fourth-degree violation of regulatory provisions relating to firearms, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office announced Monday, according to The three individuals were arrested on Friday at a residence in Newark. 

While Sharif and Rogers are being held in Essex County Jail pending a detention hearing, Kinchen has since been released on a summons, jail records show. 

“The investigation into the homicide of Imam Hassan Sharif is active and ongoing,” the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement, according to NBC News. 


Sharif and Rogers mugshots

Abdush K. Sharif, 36, and Kevin Rogers, 46, remain held at Essex County Jail on charges of knowingly violating firearm restrictions. (Essex County Jail )

NBC News previously reported that investigators were looking into whether a family member was connected to the imam’s killing, and sources have told the outlet that law enforcement was investigating whether specifically the imam’s son was involved in the crime. At this stage, no one has been charged in connection to the imam’s death. 

According to, a man named Abdush Sharif was listed in the imam’s funeral program as his son. 

Court documents show the three men were arrested Friday during the execution of a search warrant at a home on Palm Street in Newark, according to 

An imam speaking at an event inside a mosque

Imam Hassan Sharif speaks at Masjid Muhammed-Newark in 2023. (Masjid Muhammad-Newark/Handout/Anadolu via Getty Images)

The affidavits of probable cause note that police recovered a revolver during the search, and the defendants did not have legal ownership of the weapon. 

Remembered as a cleric and activist who protested against gun violence, Hassan Sharif, 52, was shot multiple times outside the Masjid Muhammad-Newark mosque, located at South Orange Avenue and Camden Street in Newark, at approximately 6:15 a.m. on Jan. 3 around the time he was preparing for the Fajr prayer, the first of the five daily prayers in Islam. 

Newwark mosque shooting scene

Police take security measures after Imam Hassan Sharif was shot outside Masjid Muhammad-Newark mosque in Newark, New Jersey, on Jan. 3, 2024. (Lokman Vural Elibol/Anadolu via Getty Images)


Sharif, who also worked as a TSA agent at Newark Liberty International Airport, was pronounced dead at University Medical Center in Newark several hours later. 

While New Jersey Attorney General Matthew Platkin has said the evidence collected thus far “does not indicate that the shooting was motivated by bias or terrorism,” he did acknowledge the imam’s killing comes at a time of heightened tensions amid the Israel-Hamas war and vowed to bolster security at religious institutions around the state. 

imam funeral in Newark

A funeral ceremony was held for Imam Hassan Sharif at the NIA Masjid & Community Center in Newark, New Jersey, on Jan. 6, 2024. (Lokman Vural Elibol/Anadolu via Getty Images)

“In light of global events, and with a rise in bias directed at many communities across our state, but particularly the Muslim community, that there are many in New Jersey experiencing a heightened sense of fear or anxiety at the news of this slaying,” Platkin said in a statement on Jan. 10. “I want every resident of our state to know that we are bringing all our resources to bear to keep our Muslim friends and neighbors safe.” 

Essex County Crime Stoppers is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of anyone responsible for fatally shooting the imam. 


The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, later announced an additional $10,000 reward. 

Danielle Wallace is a reporter for Fox News Digital covering politics, crime, police and more. Story tips can be sent to [email protected] and on Twitter: @danimwallace. 

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