Woman Charged With Hate Crime in Fatal Subway Push
Erika Menendez, 31, of Rego Park, told authorities she pushed 46-year-old Sunando Sen onto the tracks in front of an oncoming No. 7 train to his death because she has hated Muslims since Sept. 11. She was charged Saturday with murder as a hate crime, prosecutors said. Checkey Beckford Reports.
Friends and neighbors have said their last goodbyes to Sunando Sen, whose life as a striving immigrant in New York City was cut short last week when a woman with a history of psychological problems shoved him beneath a subway train.
A Hindu funeral service was held Monday in Queens for the 46-year-old, who was born in India but had lived in New York City for many years.
The Daily News reports that one friend, Lorcan Otway, remembered Sen as "an Indian Gregory Peck," saying he had "quiet strength" and had been involved in charitable work to aid oppressed Hindus in Bangladesh.
Sen didn't have family in New York, but friends said he was brilliant and a good problem-solver, and will be missed.