The night before the US election, two young men were killed in their sleep in a New Jersey apartment complex.
Their deaths sparked protests and riots across the city.
A year later, in the wake of the attacks, New York City officials launched a massive crackdown on illegal guns, arresting more than 700 people.
In the aftermath, New Yorkers were still living with the aftermath of a year-long campaign that ended in the killing of a 12-year-old boy.
“It was very difficult,” says Yassin Khaled, who witnessed the attack.
“A lot of people were scared.
It was very traumatic for a lot of us.”
Khaled says he was afraid to go outside after hearing gunfire.
“I saw a guy in a dark suit get shot and killed.
And then I saw another guy run away from the scene.”
The gunman who killed Khaled was described as white and in his late twenties.
But the attack is not the first time a white man has killed someone in New York.
The city has experienced an increase in white supremacist violence in recent years.
As the murder rate has risen, so has the number of shootings, and a recent survey found that nearly half of New Yorkers now consider themselves to be at least partially white.
While it’s hard to pinpoint exactly what triggered the attacks of the past year, there are some common threads.
On January 8, 2016, a group of five young men, including Khaled’s uncle, were killed by an armed man in their apartment.
Police charged five other people in connection with the killing, but Khaled believes they were all involved in the same plot.
“They were trying to get guns, drugs, and money,” he says.
“The plan was to go into the bank and get a gun and kill somebody.
And that’s what they were doing.”
Five days later, the police released the names of two of the five shooters, and Khaled and his family knew who the killers were.
“We had no idea they were the same guys,” Khaled remembers.
“So we started to think it was just another random attack.”
For Khaled it’s not just the shootings that are a reminder of how far the city has fallen since the election of Donald Trump.
“There’s been a lot going on since the end of the election.
There’s been the murders,” he tells Al Jazeera.
“People who are doing something right.
There was a lot happening during the election cycle.
It’s just that they didn’t see it coming.”
“You can’t hide from a white supremacist” A month after the killings, Khaled is still afraid to enter his apartment building.
He says he and his girlfriend have been scared by the white supremacists who are now stalking them.
“You’re scared to go out because there are people out there,” he said.
“What if you’re caught?
What if you get shot?”
Khaled said he doesn’t have any friends of either his uncle or uncle’s friend.
“Some people are scared.
They have no friends of theirs.
There are people in their own apartment who don’t know anyone, and they can’t get their friends out.”
Many of the city’s residents live in fear of the police.
According to a 2016 survey by the New York Public Library, the NYPD recorded a total of 6.7 million violent crimes between December and April of this year, an increase of more than 500 per cent compared to the same period a year earlier.
And the number is rising at an alarming rate.
Between February and April alone, there were more than 4,500 violent crimes, an average of one every two hours.
In New York, the murder of a white person is on the rise every day.
But while police have made some notable arrests in the past month, they have also been reluctant to act.
In July, a mob of young men attacked a black man, who was on his way to work, as he returned from a grocery store.
A video later emerged showing a group attacking a man in a wheelchair.
“When you see these things happening, it’s just so hard to see,” says Khaled.
“Especially with the violence happening.
We have people that are in our community who are really, really hurting.
And they’re not just hurt, they’re scared.”
While many of the violence that has affected New York in recent months is attributed to white supremacists, the real problem is not confined to the city of New York alone.
A nationwide survey by a white nationalist group found that, while nearly 70 per cent of white Americans identify as “very conservative”, only 21 per cent said they would be “very hostile towards” members of the other races.
The survey also found that more than three-quarters of white people said they were willing to physically attack anyone who is perceived to be different from themselves.
“If you’re not a member of this group, if you are not a part of this community, you will be targeted for