Victim of ‘I hate white people’ rampage in NYC park dies

Victim of ‘I hate white people’ rampage in NYC park dies

Jeffrey Babbitt62-year-old man who was brutally attacked in New York’s Union Square last week by a black vagrant shouting that he hated white people has died.

Jeffrey Babbitt, who fell and struck his head after being assaulted by 31-year-old Lashawn Marten, succumbed to his injuries on Monday at Bellevue Hospital.

Babbitt had lapsed into a coma and was pronounced brain-dead by doctors after the attack on Wednesday. It is likely that Marten would ultimately have been charged with murder, but now that is a near-certainty. The case is due to go before a grand jury today.

The victim, who lived in the Sheepshead Bay section of Brooklyn, is remembered by neighbors and friends as a kindhearted individual. One neighbor, a 75-year-old woman told reporters with station WPIX that “everybody’s broken up about this,” adding. “If you had to go to the doctor or anywhere, he would take you.”

Babbitt lived with and cared for his 94-year-old mother, Lucille, who maintained a vigil by his hospital bed up until the end yesterday.

Still to be determined is whether Marten’s charges will carry a hate crime enhancement.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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