Cops went to a name a couple of disturbance in a Decrease Manhattan constructing. They heard a lady screaming. The door to the house the place the screams got here from was locked.
The police struggled with the door. They heard her requires assist, however “then she went quiet.” One other voice emerged telling them ”We don’t want the police right here — go away.”
When police broke down the door, they discovered Christina Yuna Lee, 35 years previous. She was lifeless in her bathtub with greater than 40 stab wounds. The second voice was that of Assamad Nash. He had adopted the sufferer into the constructing on Chrystie Avenue in Chinatown. He compelled his manner into her residence and stabbed her to loss of life.
When officers broke into the house, the police discovered Mr. Nash hiding underneath a mattress. The knife believed to be the homicide weapon was hidden behind a dresser.
The final recognized handle of Nash was a homeless shelter for males. A decide ordered him held with out bail. He faces a sentence of as much as 25 years to life in jail if convicted of the homicide.
Was Ms. Lee killed as a result of she was Asian? The police have no idea. However there are fears within the Asian neighborhood the place individuals are on edge after an increase in assaults through the pandemic.
Her killing additionally match a sample. It was an unprovoked assault. The individual charged is a homeless man. In lots of neighborhoods in Manhattan, residents have expressed rising concern about homeless folks. A number of the homeless appear to be scuffling with psychological sickness. Some menace and harass passers-by.
An harmless younger lady stuffed with promise is killed for no cause. How and why did it occur?
First, Nash, the alleged killer.
He had a file of arrests courting again to 2015. The fees towards him included assault, housebreaking, and drug possession. Police arrested him in January for vandalizing a subway card machine. He tried to flee from a police van after his arrest. No bail was set. The decide launched him underneath supervision.
Second, Nash lived in a homeless shelter.
Many suppose the shelters are the issue. Folks handed out fliers displaying the place the shelters are in Decrease Manhattan. “No extra shelters,” the fliers mentioned.
Town proposed one other homeless shelter just a few blocks from the place Ms. Lee was killed. This has drawn fierce opposition from native residents.
One individual requested, “Ought to we be fearful each time we take a subway or each time we get on the road?”
Third, what to do?
Construct one other shelter? Officers have mentioned a brand new shelter will cater to Chinese language immigrants.
Being homeless is now a lifestyle. Blaming Asians for Covid-19 is a part of right-wing speak. Psychological sickness just isn’t handled by society. Criminals are launched with out bail.
A pal mentioned the lifetime of the younger lady is “irreplaceable.”
Tragedies like it will occur once more.
Supply: The New York Occasions February 15, 2022