Indian subway victim had put up a fight
New York: An Indian immigrant, who was shoved off a subway platform to his death in front of a train here by an American woman because she "hated" Hindus and Muslims, had tried to put up a fight and "shake off" his attacker.
Erika Menendez, 31, has been indicted on charges of murder as a hate crime by a grand jury and found mentally fit to stand trial in the death of 46 year-old Sunando Sen.
According to an interview Menendez gave to the New York Post from a prison here, even though the attack on Sen was too sudden, he had still tried to save himself briefly before he fell onto the tracks.
"My mind was just racing that day. I was mad. I was just angry," Menendez said.
"I was homeless. I was hungry. I was fighting with my boyfriend. He (Sen) came running up the stairs, and I just got up and pushed him. He was trying to shake me off," she said.
"Glassy-eyed, greasy-haired and clad in a prison jumpsuit," Menendez said she had pushed Sen onto the subway tracks in front of an oncoming train last month because she thought he was a Muslim and she had harboured a hatred for Hindus and Muslims since the September 11 terror attacks.
In her interview, she said after the terror attacks, she was mad at Muslims not because of the number of people killed in the World Trade Center but because she had liked the buildings.
"I'm not mad about the people (killed in the 9/11 attacks). I'm mad because I liked the buildings," Menendez said. "I just wanted to hurt Muslims and Hindus ever since (9/11).