Police arrested a suspect in the fatal stabbingof an NYPD transit officer's aunt.
Yonatan Galvez-Marin, 22, was arrested on Sept. 3 and charged in connection to the Aug. 31 death of Nazma Khanam, CBS2 New York reported.Galvez-Marinfaces charges of second-degree murder, robbery and criminal possession of a weapon and could face up to 25 years to life in prison.
Khanam, 60, and her husband Shamsul Alam Khan, 75, were walking home around 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 31 after closing their Jamaica Avenue souvenirshop. Khan, an asthmatic who had stopped to catch his breath, the New York Daily News reported, was close enough to hear his wife scream.
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“Somebody killed me,” Khanam told her husband when he found her on the sidewalk in front of 160-12 Normal Road in Jamaica Hills with a four-inch knife sticking out of her chest.
"Her husband was behind her one and a half blocks away and he didn't see nothing," Mohammed Rahman, a nephew of the victim,told PIX11. "She's just crying or something, 'Somebody kill me, somebody kill me,' and he's coming to help. He didn't realize somebody stabbed his wife."
Khanam was rushed to Jamaica Hospital where she died.
Thank u 2 the Gr8est Detectives in the World 4a quick apprehension of Yonatan Galvez-Marin 4 killing our member aunt pic.twitter.com/FYydepj0cH— NYPDMOS (@NYPDMuslim) September 4, 2016
“I had to break the news to my uncle that my aunt expired,” 35-year-old Humayun Kabir, the woman's nephew and an NYPD transit officer, told the Daily News on Sept. 1.
“He’s screaming and crying, ‘My wife just came to this country to just get killed! We had a better life in Bangladesh!’
“The family doesn’t deserve to be going through this,” Kabir added.
“They didn’t take her phone, pocketbook, bag, nothing,” Rahman said, accordindg to the Daily News. “We feel this is a hate crime . . . We want justice.”
Shamsul Alam Khan, 75, briefly spoke to media about the slaying of his wife, Nazma Khanam. pic.twitter.com/L13tF8rWKm— Adam Schrader (@Schrader_Adam) September 2, 2016
Chief of Detectives Robert Boycesaid that the stabbing doesn't appear to be a hate crime.
Investigators believe it to be an attempted robbery, even though none of Khanam's possessions were taken. According to the Daily News, the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is monitoring the investigation.
"This neighborhood, it's never happened like this," Rahman said, according to PIX11. "I'm living here, like, six years."
Khanam, who was reportedly wearing traditional Muslim garb at the time of the attack, leaves behind three children,two in Bangladesh and one in New York.
The NYPD Muslim Officers Society tweeted "let's catch the perp" in a post that identified the woman as the aunt of an NYPD transit officer.
"They're already devastated because of the number of incidents happened in recent months," said Sharneen Ahsan, Bangladesh Consul-General, toldABC7.
The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) asked police to investigate the incident as a possible hate crime.
"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," CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher said, according to ABC7.