"[He] picked New York because it's the media capital of the world and he wanted to make a statement"
The Alaska Airlines employee spotted the victim on her flight, and signaled that she could help.
Police have apprehended the man they believe is responsible for the unimaginable crime.
The case is no longer being considered a hate crime, state officials say.
The daughter of Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay was killed during an eruption of gunfire in October.