Tension lingers in Jersey City between religious groups despite arrests

There is still tension between Coptic Christians and Muslims in Jersey City despite the arrests of two suspects in connection with the murders of a local family.

Edward McDonald and Hamilton Sanchez were arrested Friday for the murders of four members of the Armanious family. The prosecutor in the case believes robbery was the motive.

Coptic Christians in the neighborhood say they still believe other people were involved. They say the way the victims were killed points towards religious feuds. However, Muslims in the area say they believe robbery was the sole motive. Muslims say when Coptic Christians insist Muslim extremists committed the crime, it will only ignite tension between the two groups.

The head of the American Coptic Association says he would like to meet with Jersey City officials to get more information about the case.

Related story: Police arrest two suspects in connection with slaying of Jersey City family

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