Aasiya Hassan, who had recently filed for divorce from her husband, Muslim TV Station founder Muzzammil Hassan, was found beheaded a few days ago in Orchard Park New York. Her husband has been charged with second degree murder. She was found in the offices of his TV Station, Bridges TV, which he founded in November 2004 to "counter anti-Islam stereotypes".Muzzammil Hassan described his station as "the first ever full-time home for American Muslims".
The Hassans had been married for 8 years and the relationship was described as abusive. Officers were called to the couple's home on Feb. 6, when Aasiya Hassan had obtained an order of protection barring her husband from the home.
Orchard Park police chief Andrew Benz said: "He was served with divorce papers that day at the television studio.He came back to the residence and was pounding on doors and broke one window … He left the premises that night." Mrs. Hassan was found beheaded on Thursday, February 12.
When asked if the slaying is being investigated as an honor killing, Benz said, "It's safe to say we're investigating all the angles we can, all the possibilities in conjunction with the district attorney's office. We're looking at whatever we might come across."
Mr. Hassan had said in a 2004 press release for Bridges TV, "Every day on television we are barraged by stories of a 'Muslim extremist, militant, terrorist, or insurgent. But the stories that are missing are the countless stories of Muslim tolerance, progress, diversity, service and excellence that Bridges TV hopes to tell."
They should have an interesting story of tolerance, progress and excellence to tell now.