CONROE, Texas – A loving mother and a devoted pediatrician. That is how Dr. Talat Khan’s niece and brother knew her best.
“She was loving, kind, she was my aunt and the best aunt,” said Mahnoor Mangrio.
“Her kids and her kids she looked after as a pediatrician were her entire life. Everything in her life revolved around those two things,” said Wajahat Nyaz.
Wajahat Nyaz said his sister recently moved to Conroe in July from Seattle hoping for more sunshine.
“She liked to see the sun and warm weather, so that was one of the main reasons why she moved here,” he said.
Their world turned upside down Saturday afternoon. They learned 52-year-old Khan was brutally murdered. Investigators said Dr. Khan was sitting at a picnic table at the Alys Apartments when 24-year-old Miles Fridrich stabbed her multiple times. Several neighbors rushed to help. Fridrich was ultimately captured by police and is charged with first degree murder.
“It is so senseless. I have no words to describe it,” said Nyaz.
The motive is a mystery. Khan’s family said they have never heard of Fridrich before. It is unclear if Fridrich and Khan knew each other.
“To our knowledge no,” said Nyaz.
“Not that we know of,” said Mangrio.
It is unclear why Fridrich was at the Alys Apartments. His arrest information shows he has a Dallas address. Records show he has ties to Conroe with previous drugs and weapons charge arrests that were later disposed of or dismissed.
“This loss is just unimaginable for us. We are not able to understand this or make sense out of it. A murder like this should not go unpunished,” said Nyaz.
Dr. Khan’s family hopes to spread the sunshine that she left behind. She leaves behind a 14-year-old daughter and a 23-year-old son.
KPRC 2 spoke with Mohammed Ayubi, the Assistant Director of Masjid Al Ansaar. He said he spoke with Khan at the mosque on Friday.
“She was here, she talked to a whole bunch of people, excited, she was talking about her children, how her children were studying, growing up and how she was going to start looking for a house,” said Ayubi.
Ayubi said the mosque has added more security
CAIR Texas also released a statement:
“We at CAIR Texas pass along our sincerest condolences to the children and family Dr. Talat Khan leaves behind. While the police have not released a motive for the killing we want to assure everyone that we are in conversation with law enforcement agencies. We are unsure at this moment if this was a hate crime, however given the tragic circumstances, we are paying very close attention to the investigation. We will continue to monitor the situation while we launch our own investigation and continue established dialogue with law enforcement. For the time being, we encourage the community to be vigilant and to keep the family in your Du’aa during this difficult time.”
Fridrich is being held in the Montgomery County Jail on a $500,000 bond.
Conroe Police said this is an ongoing investigation.