Nafiah Fatima Wiki – Nafiah Fatima Bio
Nafiah Fatima is a New York college student who suffered severe burns to her face, eyes, chest, and arms after the March 17 attack on her Elmont driveway.
In a press release from the Nassau County Police Department, officials confirmed that the assault happened around 8:15 p.m. outside of the victim’s Arlington Avenue residence in Elmont.
Though authorities did not provide the woman’s name, she was identified as Nafiah Fatima on a GoFundMe page set up by her neighbor and friend, Shazia Anjum.
She is 21 years old.
Nafiah Fatima Acid Attack Victim
According to police, Fatima was walking on her driveway when she “was approached from behind by an unknown male” carrying a white-colored cup with a dark-colored substance inside.
Authorities said the man threw the substance onto Fatima’s face and then ran away.
The entire encounter was captured on a neighbor’s security camera and later posted to the GoFundMe page. In the 42-second clip shared by Anjum, Fatima can be seen unloading the car with her mom and following her inside before being attacked just feet away from her front door.
Following the incident, police said Fatima sustained “serious physical injuries” and was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Her injuries included “severe burning” to her face, eyes, chest, and arms, according to GoFundMe.
“Nafiah was wearing contact lenses that night, and the acid melted the contact lenses onto her eyes,” Anjum added on the page. “We don’t know if Nafiah will ever regain vision again.”
At this time, it does not appear that police have identified the suspect behind the assault or a reason for the attack.
In their press release, the man was described as approximately 6’2″ with a skinny build. He was also wearing a black colored sweatshirt with a hood and gloves the night of the attack.
A spokesperson for the Nassau Police Department did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
On Saturday, Anjum launched the GoFundMe page and asked for donations to help Fatima and her family with the growing expenses from the incident.
So far, the page has raised more than $123,000.
“Your donation will pay for medical expenses not covered by insurance, home security, legal fees, and loss of income as Nafiah and her mother are out of work during this time,”
Anjum wrote. “Nafiah has stayed incredibly strong throughout this horrific event. Nafiah’s only wish is that the attacker is caught so that she can feel safe in her own home.”