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News, December 2012
New York Islamophobia:
Erika Menendez Murdered Sikh Sunando Sen by Pushing him in Front of Train, Thinking that He Was Muslim
Search India, Dec 31, 2012
Indian immigrant Sunando Sen’s killer Erika Menendez is one big whacko and a Hindu and Muslim hater.
Mendendez – Whacko
Erika – Total Whacko
The 31-year-old NYC Hispanic woman from Rego Park, Queens NYC, who allegedly murdered Sunando Sen Thursday evening by pushing him in front of the train at a Sunnyside Queens station, is a hopeless nut-case.
Erika Menendez admitted shoving Sunando Sen in front of the train to the police:
OMG, what a weirdo this Erika Menendez is.
Sunando Sen – Killed by Hindu Hater
Charged with Hate Crime
Erika Menendez was arrested Saturday and charged with second-degree murder as a hate crime for allegedly pushing 46-year-old Sunando Sen to his death by shoving him into the path of a number 7 subway train as it headed into the 40th Street-Lowery Street station in Sunnyside, Queens, at 8PM on December 27, 2012.
If convicted, Erika Menendez faces a maximum of 25 years to life in prison.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said:
Brown said in the charges that Menendez was observed talking to herself while seated on a bench at the subway station and was also observed pacing on the platform and muttering to herself.
Sunando Sen, a 46-year-old Indian immigrant, was struck by the train and died of multiple blunt force trauma on the spot. His body was stuck under the second compartment and it took several hours for MTA personnel to remove it.
Who was Sunando?
Sunando’s friends described him as a gentle, hard-working soul who had recently opened a copy and printing business on Amsterdam Ave on the Upper West side of Manhattan.
Sunando did M.A. in Economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi and came to the U.S. for higher studies in the late 1980s. He dropped out of the Ph.D program at New York University after failing to get financial assistance.
People who had come in contact with Sunando described him as a calm and helpful person with a passion for reading.
Sunando’s funeral is scheduled for Monday, December 31, 2012.
Sunando Sen is the second person to be killed after being shoved in front of a NYC train in December.
Earlier this month, a Korean immigrant Ki Suk Han died after being pushed into the path of a NYC subway train by an African immigrant.
Hindu Immigrants – Watch Out
SearchIndia.com advises all Hindus in New York City and New Jersey to be on your guard.
Who knows how many other Hindu-Hating whackos lurk in the shadows of NYC train stations.
Some two decades back, a bunch of “Dotbuster” whackos in New Jersey went around attacking Hindu women wearing the “Bindi” mark on the forehead.
Woman charged with hate-crime subway murder
France 24, AFP, December 31, 2012
A woman suspected of shoving a man in front of an oncoming subway train in New York has been charged with murder as a hate crime. The woman said she pushed the Indian immigrant onto the train tracks because she “hated Hindus and Muslims.”
A woman suspected in the death of an Indian immigrant who was pushed off a New York City subway platform has been charged and ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.
Erika Menendez, 31, is alleged to have caused the shocking death of Sunando Sen, who was crushed by a train in the borough of Queens on Thursday night.
Menendez was arraigned Saturday night on a charge of murder as a hate crime. She had told police she has hated Muslims since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and thought the victim was one. Friends and co-workers said Sen, a 46-year-old Indian immigrant, was Hindu.
“I pushed a Muslim off the train tracks because I hate Hindus and Muslims ever since 2001 when they put down the twin towers I’ve been beating them up,” Menendez told police, according to the district attorney’s office.
“The defendant is accused of committing what is every subway commuter’s worst nightmare,” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.
Menendez was incoherent at her arraignment in Queens criminal court, at one point laughing so hard that the judge told her defense lawyer, “You’re going to have to have your client stop laughing.” Confession
Menendez admitted shoving Sen, who was pushed from behind, authorities said. She was arrested after a tip by a passer-by who saw her on a street and thought she looked like the woman in a surveillance video released by police.
Menendez’s next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 14.
Sen was the second man to die after being pushed in front of a New York City subway train this month. Ki-Suck Han, a Korean immigrant, was killed in a midtown Manhattan subway station on Dec. 3. A photo of Han clinging to the edge of the platform a split second before he was struck by a train was published on the front page of the New York Post, causing an uproar about whether the photographer, who was catching a train, or anyone else should have tried to help him.
A homeless man was arrested and charged with murder in that case and is awaiting trial. He claimed he acted in self-defense.
Such subway deaths are rare, but other high-profile cases include the 1999 fatal shoving of aspiring screenwriter Kendra Webdale by a former psychiatric patient. That case led to a state law named after her that allows for more supervision of mentally ill people living outside institutions.
Transit officials said last week they would consider installing barriers with sliding doors on some subway platforms. Other cities including Paris and London have installed such barriers.***
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