Nazma Khanam, 60, was stabbed to death while on a nighttime walk with her husband in Queens, according to police
An elderly Bangladeshi woman was stabbed to death about a block and a half away from her home in New York’s Queens on Wednesday, New York Daily News reported quoting the city police on Thursday.
Nazma Khanam, 60, was stabbed to death while on a nighttime walk with her husband in Queens, according to police.
A knife was recovered nearby. No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing, according to NYPD.
She was reportedly walking ahead of her husband when she was attacked.
“Her husband was behind her one and a half blocks away and he didn’t see nothing,” news outlet Pix11 reported quoting Mohammed Rahman, a nephew of the victim.
“She’s just crying or something, ‘Somebody kill me, somebody kill me,’ and he’s coming to help. He didn’t realise somebody stabbed his wife,” Rahman told Pix11.
Quoting Khanam’s family members, New York Daily News reported that her death could have been a hate crime because the victim was wearing traditional Muslim clothing when she was attacked, but the NYPD is not categorising it as such.
NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boycetold Pix11 that there’s nothing to indicate this incident was a hate crime.
Earlier on August 14, another Bangladesh-origin imam of a Queens mosque and his assistant have been killed as a lone gunman attacked them from close range in what members of the mosque quickly denounced as a hate crime.
In that case, the victims were wearing religious attire too but police have not commented on whether the shootings were a hate crime. The slayings happened about five miles from where Khanam was killed Wednesday night.
NY beat cops responding to an assault outside a house on in Queen’s Jamaica area at about 9:15pm, arrived to find Nazma Khanam, stabbed in her chest and unconscious. Khanam lived in a house less than two blocks away.
— Zainab Chaudry (@zainabnc) September 1, 2016
Emergency personnel rushed her to Jamaica Hospital, but she could not be saved.
Early Thursday morning, the NYPD Muslim Officers Society posted a message on its Twitter and Facebook pages stating the victim was the aunt of one of its members.
— NYPDMOS (@NYPDMuslim) September 1, 2016
The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) on Thursday called on police to investigate a possible bias motive in the stabbing, reports ABC7-Eyewitness News.
“Because of the recent killings of Muslims in Queens, and because of the growing number of anti-Muslim incidents nationwide resulting from the increasing Islamophobia in American society, we urge the NYPD to investigate a possible bias motive for this murder,” said CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher in a statement.
The victim is survived by three children. Two of them live in Bangladesh; the other lives in New York, Pix11 reported.
She was a retired teacher who taught at the Shariatpur Government Girls High School, the news outlet reported quoting her family. Khanam’s husband is also a retired educator.