Mosque denies funeral for suspect

A Philadelphia Mosque is denying a Muslim burial for the suspect who allegedly shot and killed a Philadelphia police officer
May 8, 2008 1:27:09 PM PDT
A mosque in Germantown has refused to conduct funeral services for Howard Cain - the man who allegedly fired the shot that killed Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski.

Cain was shot and killed Saturday by police who were pursuing him for Liczbinski's murder and a bank hold up.

Police say Cain, 33, drew a chinese-made SK rifle and fired shots at Stephen Liczbinski, fatally wounding the officer. A second suspect, 38-year-old Levon Warner, was arrested and later confessed.

Investigators also arrested the uncle of Howard Cain. Forty-nine-year-old Mitchell Cain, of West Philadelphia, was charged with carjacking the Jeep used in the failed robbery getaway.

The final suspect linked to Sgt. Liczbinski's death, Eric Floyd was taken into custody late Wednesday night in Southwest Philadelphia.

The managing director at the Germantown Masjid reportedly cited Islamic law and said the actions of Cain on Saturday are not from Islam in any way. He refused a request to conduct Cain's burial in the Muslin tradition.

We will bring you special LIVE coverage of Sergeant Liczbinski's funeral on Friday. We invite you to join us on 6abc and as a city says goodbye.

A viewing for Sgt. Liczbinski will be held tonight in Philadelphia. A second viewing will follow Friday morning, prior to his funeral mass.

Liczbinski, a 12-year veteran of the department, is survived by his wife Michele, sons Matt and Stephen, and daughter Amber.

You can make donations out to:
Stephen Liczbinski family memorial trust fund
Police & Fire Federal Credit Union
901 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pa. 19107