QUEENS, NEW YORK(TIP): In what apparently is a hate crime, a previous life was lost in Queens. Nazma Khanam, a businesswoman died after she was attacked in Jamaica Hills.
Mayor Bill de Blasio condoling her death said: “The murder of Nazma Khanam, a respected Queens businesswoman and the aunt of a New York City police officer, is a grave loss for our entire city. We mourn with her family and friends.
“We are reminded, yet again, that we must work tirelessly for peace. Violence against one Muslim New Yorker is violence against all New Yorkers. We must keep fighting the divisive rhetoric that has too frequently made our Muslim neighbors targets of hostility.
“While the NYPD and District Attorney do not yet know the motive behind this tragedy, all angles are being explored and the NYPD Hate Crimes Unit is involved in the investigation. I have no doubt that the investigation will be thorough and impartial, and that it will exhaustively examine every avenue that could lead to the family and community receiving the justice they deserve.”
Assemblyman David Weprin issued the following statement in response to the death of Nazma Khanam.
“I am saddened to hear news of the death of Nazma Khanam following yesterday’s deplorable attack in Jamaica Hills. Our community is one that stands together against each and every possible bias incident, and together we mourn the passing of one of our neighbors. I send my condolences to the family of Nazma Khanam and urge the New York Police Department to investigate this attack as a possible hate crime against the Muslim American community.”