A film student suspected of stabbing a New York cab driver after asking the driver is he was Muslim was described Thursday as someone who worked to build bridges across religious and ethnic boundaries.
Those who know Michael Enright, 21, a film student at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, are "shocked and dumbfounded" by his arrest, said Robert Chase, the executive director of Intersections International which posted a message on its site about the incident.
The cabbie, Ahmed Sharif, is due to address media Thursday afternoon.
Enright volunteered with the nonprofit group, and it partially funded his trip to Afghanistan in the spring, where he shot a film on American soldiers serving there for his thesis, Chase said. FULL STORY
Enright is facing charges of second-degree attempted murder as a hate crime, second-degree assault as a hate crime, second-degree aggravated harassment as a hate crime and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, police said.