A young mother slain as she pushed her 3-year-old son in a stroller was to be buried Friday as family members waited for word of an arrest in the attack.
Nazish Noorani, 27, and her husband, Kashif Pervaiz, 26, were walking the few blocks from her sister's home to her father's house in Boonton, a small suburban town in New Jersey, on Tuesday night when gunfire erupted on a dark street, authorities said. Noorani was killed, and Pervaiz was shot four times, police said. The couple's son wasn't hurt.
Law enforcement authorities hadn't announced any arrests in the slaying by early Thursday evening, but have said the shooting was targeted and not random.
Morris County Prosecutor Robert Bianchi released a statement Thursday saying he doesn't want to compromise the ongoing investigation. Bianchi said he wanted to shield the case from rumors and speculation from unreliable sources.
Relatives have said the family recently moved from Brooklyn to Boston, where they said Pervaiz was attending graduate school at Harvard University. Harvard was unable to confirm that.
Noorani was wearing traditional Pakistani clothing at the time of the shooting, but family members and police said they didn't believe it was a bias crime.
Differing accounts of the attack have emerged from the couple's friends and family, though none have been confirmed by law enforcement. Some of Noorani's family and friends have cast doubt on Pervaiz's account to police that three assailants fled after the shooting.
Noorani's sister, Lubnar Choudhry, was two houses away at the time of the shooting.
"I didn't see anybody run off. I didn't see a car," she told The Star-Ledger of Newark.
Pervaiz was recuperating after undergoing surgery. The couple's two children are staying with family members.