Troy man charged with using dumbbell to kill aunt

Troy — The suspect in a Troy mother's death — a doctor and a pillar in her community, friends and family said — was charged Wednesday in her slaying. 

Nayir Masrur, 20, of Troy was arraigned in 52-4 District Court on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of Rubab Huq, 55. He was denied bond by Magistrate Donald Chisholm.

Rubab Huq, 55, was a doctor who specialized in family and emergency medicine and practiced in Detroit. She was also a mother of two boys and lost her husband to lung cancer. Prosecutors have charged Masrur in her bludgeoning death.

"One fateful day, my father, a vivacious, loving man who never smoked, came home to tell my mom that he was diagnosed with lung cancer," her son, Farhan Huq, wrote in a Facebook post. "In the span of a short year, my father had passed away, leaving behind, my young mom, my little brother, only 4 at the time, and me, then 12."

Nayir Masrur

Troy police were called to the 6500 block of Shoreline at 2:30 p.m. Monday about a severely injured woman

Police already had received a call from another relative reporting that Masrur was missing and in an agitated state. Police spotted him at another Shoreline residence and watched him jump from a second-story window and flee when they arrived at the home to investigate.

The search prompted a “lockdown” at four area schools until Masrur could be taken into custody. He was found hiding in a marshy area near a neighborhood golf course about an hour later.

Police said the investigation revealed Masrur is believed to have struck Huq, his aunt, in the head with a 15-pound dumbbell in the basement of the home.

Defense attorney Paul Stabein said Masrur pleaded not guilty Wednesday.

"He's a 20-year-old kid, a student studying economics at Ann Arbor and had strong family support from his parents and his cousins," Stabein said. "They don't believe he intended to hurt their mother. I'm not convinced he actually knows what's going on, and it's my intent to have him reviewed to stand trail."

Rubab Ferdous Huq, left, and her son, Farhan Huq.

Farhan Hug said his mother persevered during the years after his father's death.

"... Though my mom told me years later she thought she would never be happy again, she never showed it. And wow, did she pull through magnificently. She finished her family medicine residency, she provided a loving home for us, filled with wisdom and love and support that knew no bounds.

Outside of work, she wouldn't hesitate to open her checkbook for charity. She founded the American Muslim Diversity Association Mosque on Ryan Road in Sterling Heights, minutes away from their home, her son said.

"She was a phenomenal physician by day and a phenomenal mom by night," he said. "She was a real-life wonder woman who somehow, magically, could really do it all. My mom only knew a life of struggle, with quiet, gracious perseverance. Though she was feisty at times, she would do things honestly, fairly, and support just causes."

He said he is devastated at the loss of his mother, who had inspired him to pursue a career in medicine.

"Yesterday, I really lost my everything. My best friend. My trusted confidant. The reason I was inspired to pursue medicine," he said. "The one I turned to first, without hesitation, in happiness and sadness alike. My strongest source of strength. In her eyes, I knew nothing but love that I did not deserve in a trillion lifetimes."

Masrur was returned to the Oakland County Jail pending a probable-cause hearing at 9 a.m. Nov. 27.
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