A New York Asian woman who was living in Chinatown was murdered by a homeless man who was reportedly trying to rob her on Sunday, Feb. 13, as the brutal killing has spurred deep mourning across the state.

Thirty-five-year-old Christina Yuna Lee was found dead in her bathtub after she was stabbed repeatedly by 25-year-old Assamad Nash, who was found under her bed by police officers when they came to check on the body, according to New York Post.

“She got out of a cab right here and he followed her. He grabbed the front door just before it closed. He followed her all the way up, hanging back, staying one floor behind her all the way up to the sixth floor,” the owner of the building said.

Nash reportedly stalked Lee from the outside of her Chinatown apartment, with the intention to rob her. However, in the ensuing struggle between them, Nash brutally stabbed Lee to death while she screamed for her neighbors to call the police, another New York Post article reported.

“I heard her screaming for help,” a neighbor of Lee said to the press. “I went out into the hallway when I heard the first commotion. I heard someone else inside her apartment, he was trying to make her quiet.”

When police officers arrived at the scene, Nash reportedly tried to escape through the fire escape of the building. However, he was unable to leave, and he barricaded himself into Lee’s apartment, covered in her blood, and hid underneath the bed.

The city has been left shocked by the killing, and many have offered their sincere condolences and sadness as they grapple with the brutal death of Lee. Many Asian-Americans are appalled by the murder and have pointed out that criminal incidents targeting Asians have risen 361 percent since the pandemic began, according to NBC News.

“This is so gruesome and so horrible and so cruel,” state Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou said. “We have to make sure that our city has to stop saying sorry, that our state stops saying sorry. Our communities deserve answers and we haven’t been given any.”

“I’m mourning this tragic & heartbreaking loss of life,” New York Governor Kathy Hochul said. “We have seen far too many acts of violence against AAPI New Yorkers in recent months. We must make sure every community is safe in our state.”

Nash will be charged with murder and robbery and is currently being held in prison.

Assamad Nash, a homeless man living near Chinatown, New York, was arrested for the brutal slaying of Christina Yuna Lee, who was stabbed repeatedly in his attempt to rob her. This is a representational image. Max Muselmann/Unsplash.

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