This is waiting to happen.
The social divide created after 9/11 has grown such that any immigrant is suspected of being a Muslim.
Until steps are taken to correct this at the social level this will escalate.
The Leaders of the Islamic Community and the Christian Community should address this issue and take steps to ensure amity.
Erika Menendez, 31, was charged with second-degree murder as a hate crime after admitting to investigators that she pushed Sunando Sen, 46 — a Hindu — in front of a 7 train in Sunnyside on Thursday night, officials said.
She allegedly said she singled him out because of his religion.
“She is accused of committing a subway commuter’s worst nightmare — suddenly and senselessly pushed into the path of an oncoming train, shoved from behind with no chance to defend himself,” said Queens DA Richard Brown.
“She told police that she pushed a Muslim off the train tracks. She said, ‘I’ve hated Hindus and Muslims since 2001, since they put down the Twin Towers. I have been beating them up since.’ ”
There were no Hindus involved in the 9/11 attacks.
Menendez faces 25 years to life in prison if found guilty.
She looked wild as she was escorted from the 112th Precinct station house.
She wailed incoherently, contorted her face into what looked like a fiendish grin, and struggled as officers forced her into an unmarked car.
She appeared equally unhinged later during her arraignment hearing in Queens Criminal Court. Menendez was laughing so hard that she was visibly shaking as Assistant District Attorney Michelle Kaszuba read the charges against her.
“You’re going to have to have your client stop laughing,” Judge Gia Morris said, scolding Menendez’s lawyer.