Pediatrician Talat Jehan Khan, 52, was fatally stabbed multiple times Saturday as he sat at a picnic table outside an apartment building in Conroe, Texas, NBC News reported.
Suspect is 24 years old Miles Fridrich, according to the outlet, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder after a brief foot pursuit following the incident at 12:30 p.m. Witnesses immediately rushed to Khan’s aid and provided police with a description of the assailant. according to Go to NBC News.
Officers investigating the case have found no evidence that the murder was a hate crime, but said they were scrutinizing Friedrich’s social media and computer, even though Khan was a Pakistani Muslim. NBC reported. According to the outlet, Kahn and Friedrich have no previous connection.
“So far this appears to have been completely random,” said Police Sgt. David Dickinson said, the newspaper noted. (Related: Chicago landlord allegedly stabbed 6-year-old to death because he was Muslim)
Khan worked in Texas Children’s Pediatrics Conroe According to NBC News, the survivors are a 14-year-old daughter and a 23-year-old son.
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“Her children, and the children she cared for as a pediatrician, were her whole life. Her whole life revolved around those two things,” said the victim’s brother. , Wajahat Nyaz said. Said KPRC.
“At this time, we do not know if this was a hate crime. However, given the tragic circumstances, we are paying close attention to the investigation,” said the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Texas. said.
Fridrich is currently being held in the Montgomery County Jail, with bail set at $500,000. According to NBC News, he has a criminal history that includes traffic violations, drugs, and illegal firearm possession.
Tensions between Jews and Muslims have increased since an October 7 Hamas attack killed around 1,400 Israelis, prompting reactions such as: Hamas authorities claim Killed thousands of Gazans.
Anti-Semitic threats have skyrocketed, including an incident in which Jewish students flocked to the library while Cooper Union students participating in a pro-Palestinian demonstration tried to break into the library. On October 14th, Illinois landowner Joseph Zuba, 71, was arrested on suspicion of stabbing a 6-year-old Muslim boy to death.Zuba pleaded not guilty He will be arraigned Monday on murder and hate crime charges.