Subway Death Caused by Religious Hatred

On Saturday, Indian born Sunando Sen was pushed in front of an oncoming NYC subway car and was killed. His attacker was Erika Menendez, who has been charged with second degree murder and a hate crime because of her justification (pdf):

It is further alleged that the defendant admitted pushing the victim and said in sum and substance “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.”

It’s probably worth noting that this is the second such attack this month, although the previous attack seems to have no hate crime attached. That makes this seem like a copycat crime.

It may also be worth noting that the NYC subways have recently sported pro-Israel, anti-muslim ads. I don’t think it can be argued that there is a direct link, but it’s worth mentioning: