On October 20, 2012, gay rights activist Lou Rispoli was beaten to death by three men in Sunnyside, Queens. Rispoli, 62, clung to life in the hospital for four days until family members made the difficult decision to take him off life support. Rispoli’s murder remains unsolved, but police hope that newly released sketches of two male suspects will bring them closer to making arrests.
On Friday,New York City teenager Raphael Ward was fatally shot after police say a group of people tried to take his Marmot brand parka. Sadly, Ward is not the first teen in NYC to die over this coat.
The daughter of a prominent doctor and real estate agent, 27-year-old Morgan Gliedman had been educated at ritzy private school. Her boyfriend Aaron Greene, 31, earned two degrees at Harvard. The couple was expecting their first baby, but the police officers who came to their Greenwich Village apartment last weekend weren’t offering congratulations — they searched the premises and arrested the couple on weapons charges.
Riding the subway is a way of life for millions in New York City. For the reasonable price of a Metrocard, one can travel clean across the city without worrying about traffic or parking. But twice in the last month, innocent straphangers met a grisly end on the tracks, giving New Yorkers another reason to fear rush hour.
Last Saturday, 38-year-old New York City Vindalee Smith was on the brink of new happiness — she was due to give birth to her fifth child in a few weeks; the next day she was to be married. Instead, she was found brutally murdered in her apartment. Underneath her bloody body, police found a note reading: “I will kill 1 pregnant woman a month starting now until Lee Boyd Malvo is set free!”