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Surveillance video released of person of interest in stabbing death of Queens woman

JAMAICA HILLS, Queens — Police released surveillance video Thursday of a man they say is a person of interest in the fatal stabbing of a Queens woman.

Nazma Khanam, 60, was walking with her husband on Normal Road in Jamaica Hills about 9 p.m. Wednesday when someone approached and stabbed her. Khanam's husband wasn't able to save her because she was reportedly walking ahead of him when the attack happened.

"Her husband was behind her one and a half blocks away and he didn't see nothing," said Mohammed Rahman, a nephew of the victim. "She's just crying or something, 'Somebody kill me, somebody kill me,' and he's coming to help. He didn't realize somebody stabbed his wife."

Khanam, who is also the aunt of an NYPD officer, later died at the hospital.

On Thursday, police released a video of a man they believe may have been involved in the murder.

Although police sources said the attack may have been an attempted robbery, Khanam's family believe her death could have been a hate crime.

Khanam was wearing traditional Muslim clothing when she was attacked, but police are not categorizing as a hate crime.

The Muslim community in Queens has been on edge since the execution-style deaths of an imam and his associate as they left services at an Ozone Park mosque in early August.