A 22-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly fatally stabbing a 60-year-old Queens woman this week. Yonatan Galvez-Marin was arrested in Jamaica Hills close to where he is accused of killing Nazma Khanam as she walked home.
Khanam, a retired teacher, had been walking home with her husband from their souvenir shop around 9:15 p.m. on Wednesday when she was attacked outside of 160-12 Normal Road in Jamaica. Her husband, 75-year-old Shamsul Alam Khan, suffers from asthma, and had stopped to catch his breath as she walked ahead. He heard his wife utter a "blood curdling scream" out of view from him. When he reached her, she was bleeding on the sidewalk with a part of a knife sticking out.
"Somebody killed me," Khanam reportedly told her husband as he held her in his arms. Khanam was rushed to Jamaica Hospital and pronounced dead shortly afterwards.
The couple had come to the U.S. in 2009 and became citizens in June. Family members have decried the murder as a hate crime, noting Nazma was wearing traditional Muslim clothing at the time, and no personal possessions were taken. Her nephew, Transit Officer Humayun Kabir, told the News his "family doesn’t deserve to be going through this."
Galvez-Marin, who has no prior criminal record in NY, has been charged with murder, robbery and possession of a weapon. The Post adds that police sources say he admitted to attempting to rob Khanam.