According to Heavy .. https://heavy.com/news/2019/12/thomas-grafton/
,, who interviewed stepfather in depth .. and for what it's worth ....
Former stepfather; "Roughly 6 foot 5 inches tall and weighing over 200 pounds, Thomas struck an opposing figure, and Kennedy says Grafton became violent with him several times.
In fact, he says it’s why his marriage to Thomas’s mother, a nurse who is an immigrant from Guyana, ultimately failed. He described some terrifying scenes: Allegedly waking up at night to see Grafton staring at him in the dark next to his bed, fending off his stepson who was wielding a fire extinguisher, and discovering that his own young son had bruised ribs, he thinks from Thomas.Asked if he ever heard Thomas express hatred toward Jewish people during the years he knew him, he said, “No, he didn’t label anybody.”
He added: “He considered himself a Muslim, but he didn’t practice…He didn’t pray five times a day. He didn’t do the dietary supplements. He went through the process. He would go to the mosque and pray. He is still a Muslim.”
He thinks it’s possible that Thomas’s religious beliefs “played some type of part” in the attack on the rabbi’s home. He claimed that Thomas thought he was affiliated with the Crips and Bloods gang
Note" I have seen only two sources mentioning "muslim" and / or "recent convert" ... not sure if NY police would even be allowed to say so if it were true
Hate Crime Charges Filed .. https://ktla.com/2019/12/30/ny-hanukkah ... l-illness/