Nazma Khanam. Stabbed to death by unidentified person while out for a walk in Queens New York
A 60-year-old woman stabbed to death in Queens was walking home with her husband when she was attacked, police sources said Thursday.
Nazma Khanam, a native of Bangladesh and the aunt of an NYPD cop, was strolling with her husband in Jamaica Hills, Queens when she was knifed in the chest a block and a half from home around 9:15 p.m. Wednesday.
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On Thursday, the New York chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations called on the NYPD to investigate whether bias could be a motive in the attack. Khanam was wearing Muslim attire when she was killed, according to the group.
Before she was knifed, her husband, who suffers from asthma, had stopped to catch his breath, and she continued towards home without him.
Suddenly, the husband heard a scream and ran to his wife, the sources said. He found her bleeding with a piece of the knife still sticking out of her chest and called 911.
Nothing was stolen from the victim, who was carrying packages home, sources said.
Her husband told cops Khanam was out of his view when she was knifed, according to police sources.
Police investigate crime scene where Khanam and her husband walking, surveillance cameras caught a man running away from the scene of the stabbing.
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Khanam was rushed to Jamaica Hospital where she died about an hour later, sources said.
Surveillance video reviewed by the police show Khanam and her husband walking and later a man running away from the scene of the stabbing.
Police recovered surveillance video near the crime scene which show the couple walking separately while another shows a man running, sources said.Investigators are still searching for a motive but believe the incident may have started as an attempted robbery. There may have been more than one suspect involved in her killing, sources said.
Khanam’s nephew works as a transit cop, according to the NYPD Muslim Officers Society, which announced on Twitter that the woman was a relative of one of its members.
The nephew was brought to the scene where he talked with detectives after learning what had happened
On Aug. 13, Queens imam Maulama Akonjee, 55, and a friend, Thara Uddin, 65, were shot to death at Liberty Ave. and 79th St. in Ozone Park, Queens. Cops arrested Oscar Morel, 35, for what prosecutors called the “cold-blooded assassination.”
Police investigated the case as a hate crime but have yet to uncover a motive.
“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 Thursday of Khanam’s slaying.