The Pakistani community in a northern New Jersey town is preparing to bury a young mother slain as she pushed her son in a stroller, while questions swirl about why she and her husband were gunned down.
Nazish Noorani, 27, was killed Tuesday night a few blocks from her father's house in Boonton. Her husband, Kashif Pervaiz, was wounded and the couple's son was not hurt.
Noorani's sister, Lubna Chouhdry, told NBC New York on Thursday that her sister had sent their brother a text in recent months saying she was afraid for her life, writing that if she turned up dead someday, it was her husband who did it.
Pervaiz was shot four times and is listed in stable condition at a local hospital. Noorani's relatives said they hope he didn't have anything to do with the shooting.
"I'm hoping he's not involved," said Kaleem Noorani, the victim's brother. "I'm hoping it's nothing like that."
Noorani's funeral is to take place Friday at an Islamic center in Boonton.
Morris County prosecutors haven't announced any arrests in the murder, but have said the shooting was targeted and not random.
The couple and their two kids were visiting her family in Boonton for Ramadan on Tuesday when they were gunned down.
According to her family, Pervaiz sent his wife a text message just before 11 p.m. telling her they should leave the sister's home and walk to her father's home a couple blocks away.
Police believe there were three suspects involved in the shooting. One of them may have used an automatic weapon.