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Community calls for justice, equality in support of Hofstra student injured in horrific attack

Nafiah Fatima, 21, says she got home from work at CVS on March 17 and was walking up her driveway on Arlington Avenue when someone threw an unknown substance at her face and ran.

News 12 Staff

Apr 24, 2021, 12:56 AM

Updated 1,178 days ago

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Community members rallied Friday in Elmont calling for justice, equality and accountability in support of the Hofstra student who was injured in a horrific attack.
Nafiah Fatima, 21, says she got home from work at CVS on March 17 and was walking up her driveway on Arlington Avenue when someone threw an unknown substance at her face and ran. The attack left her with first and second-degree burns. She also may never see out of her right eye again.
Terrel Tuosto is the head of the group Long Island Peaceful Protests.
"Anytime anything like this happens we should all be out here in a rush as a community -- like how can we lend a hand?" says Tuosto.
Christina Distanislao, of Franklin Square, says she came out to the rally to support other human beings who don't necessarily look like her.
"It's 2021 and Long Island needs to do better," says Distanislao
Police say the suspect who attacked Fatima got away. Police say the suspect fled the scene in a red 2013-2015 Nissan Altima with fog lights.
Anyone with information is asked to call Nassau Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS or call 911.


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