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Nafiah Fatima suffered severe burns to her face, eyes, chest and arms after attacking her entrance to Elmont on March 17.
A 21-year-old Nafiah Fatima awaits justice after police say she was assaulted in the driveway of her New York home.
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Last month, Hofstra student Nafiah Fatima was the victim of an acid attack. She sustained severe burns on her face and upper body.
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In a press release from the Nassau County Police Department, officials confirmed that the attack took place around 8:15 p.m. outside the victim’s residence on Arlington Avenue in Elmont.
Although authorities have not released the woman’s name, she has been identified as Nafiah Fatima on a GoFundMe page created by her neighbor and friend Shazia Anjum.
According to police, Fatima was walking down the aisle when “a stranger approached her from behind” and was carrying a white cup with a dark substance.
Authorities said the man threw the substance in Fatima’s face and then fled.
The entire encounter was recorded on a neighbor’s surveillance camera and later posted on the GoFundMe page. Anjum’s 42-second clip shows Fatima unloading the car with her mother and following her home before being attacked a few feet from her front door.
On the GoFundMe page, Anjum said she later found the substance to be “a dark brown acid known to cause blindness and severe burns.”
Anjum said the forward knew how dangerous it was because he was wearing gloves at the time, noting that Hofstra University student Fatima almost died after the terrible encounter.
“If the acid got into Nafiah’s lungs, she would be dead. When Nafiah cried out, the acid entered her mouth and burned her tongue and throat, preventing her from breathing,” Anjum explained. “When Nafiah ran home and her parents saw her, they immediately tried to help her, but the acid burned her hands and forearms.”
“If her parents hadn’t been home to help her and called 911 right away, she wouldn’t have been successful,” Anjum added at the fundraiser.
After the incident, police said Fatima suffered “serious physical injuries” and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
His injuries included “severe burns” to his face, eyes, chest and arms, according to GoFundMe.
“Nafiah was wearing contact lenses that night and the acid dissolved the contact lenses in her eyes,” Anjum added on the page. “We don’t know if Nafiah will see him again.”
At this time, it does not appear that the police have identified the suspect behind the attack or the motive for the attack.
In his press release, the man was described as being around 6 feet 2 inches tall with a slim physique. He also wore a black hoodie 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 asking for donations to help Fatima and her family cope with the rising costs of the accident.
To date, the site has raised over $ 123,000.
“Your donation will be used for uninsured medical bills, home security, legal fees and lost profits, as Nafiah and her mother are unemployed during this time,” Anjum wrote. “Nafiah remained incredibly strong during this terrible event. Nafiah’s only wish is that the attacker be captured so that she feels safe at home.”