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MINEOLA, NY (CBSNewYork) – A family on Long Island is pleading after their daughter was brutally attacked Elmont driveway.
Acid was thrown in her face. By who, and why, remains a mystery.
As CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff reports, Nafiah Ikram is bravely speaking out after a puzzling attack.
“My whole life changed in five minutes,” she said. “We didn’t realize what we had until it disappeared.”
What was passed was the life she knew as one Hofstra University student. There were burns all over her face and arms.
On March 17, when she got home from work and had just returned from her car, she saw a man watching from the corner. He ran to her and threw a glass of liquid at her face.
“I started crying and it was like I was in a panic. I was like, ‘Dad, someone threw something in my face!’ And he was like, ‘Oh my God, it’s acid,’ said Nafiah.
The acid burns rose on her drive to Arlington Avenue, as well as burns to her eyes and throat.
“She has been in the hospital for three weeks, and she still cannot eat and drink normally. She couldn’t see anything good. Only one eye is working, ”said her father Sheikh Ikram.
“I can only see color, but that’s it,” said Nafiah.
“It was a terrible nightmare for us,” said her mother Sherina Mohammed.
The attack was unreasonable. The attacker cannot recognize saying nothing.
“I want to know, like, what’s the reason? Like, what can I do with someone? “Nafiah said.
“That’s a big question because she doesn’t have any enemies. We don’t have any enemies, ”said Sheikh Ikram.
There was a great deal of support.
“We want to find out who committed this terrible crime,” celebrity chef Padma Lakshmi said in a video posted on Instagram.
Lakshmi and community leaders are calling on the public to help with law enforcement.
“If you know something, say something. If you see something, say something, ”said County lawmaker Nassau Carrie Solages.
The suspect, 6’2 ″ with a scrawny figure, fled in a red 2013-15 Nissan Altima.
The Ikrams don’t believe this is an obnoxious crime, but it makes them live in fear.
“What happened to her, we are hoping and praying this doesn’t happen to anyone else,” said Sheikh Ikram.
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“There is no amount of money in the world that can replace her vision,” said Sherina. “Anyone who has a clue, be a human and move forward.”
The Nassau County Police are rewarding $ 10,000 for information leading to an arrest. Community groups are donating money to significantly increase the amount.
Of course, calls to 1-800-244-TIPS will remain anonymous.
Police Commissioner Nassau calls this an evil and disgusting crime, and in addition, he personally asks anyone with knowledge to act.