Editor’s Note: This article has been updated with input from the New York Police Department. Zinat Hossain was 23, not 24.
A Bangladeshi student died after being pushed by robbers into the path of an oncoming subway train in New York City last week, according to reports.
Zinat Hossain, 23, was said to be crushed under the train at Brooklyn’s Utica Avenue station at around 9 p.m. on Wednesday. Police reportedly believe the robbers were trying to steal her bag before she was allegedly pushed.
Dr. Enamul Haque, Hossain’s uncle and president of the Greater Comilla Association in New York, said his niece had been living with her parents in Brooklyn since 2016. She attended Hunter College and was reportedly heading home at the time of the incident.
Haque told the Dhaka Tribune that her family found out about the incident through news reports. Hossain’s body will be returned to them after investigation.
Police have yet to identify the suspects. Whether the attack was a hate crime is also yet to be determined.
Hossain’s death comes nearly four months after Michelle Go faced a similar death at Times Square-42nd Street station.
Several community members have decried the lack of news coverage on the latest incident.
“Why is there no news coverage on Zinat Hossain? Why did it take two days to report this? Zinat, a Bangladeshi student at Hunter College died after being pushed on train tracks. This is so heartbreaking,” one Twitter user wrote.
Another commented, “There are no reports here in NYC. I feel like it would have already been covered by local media, but I haven’t seen anything.”
In a statement to NextShark, the NYPD said responding officers found Hossain “lying unconscious and unresponsive on the pavement” at the New Utrecht and 55 Street station. EMS pronounced her dead on the scene.