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Cops Identify 21-Year-Old Man Who Was Fatally Punched Outside Sunnyside Bar

John Danny McGee

Nov. 23, 2018 By Christian Murray

Police have released the name of a 21-year-old man who died after being punched outside the Gaslight Bar on Queens Boulevard early Thursday morning.

John D. McGee, an Irish immigrant living on 41st Street in Sunnyside, was punched in the head by a man in front of the 43-17 Queens Blvd. bar at about 3:45 a.m., according to police. He fell to the ground and his attacker fled.

McGee was taken by EMS to Elmhurst Hospital where he was pronounced dead.The police have yet to find the perpetrator and the case has been classified as a murder.

McGee was from a small town in Longford, Ireland, and had been working in New York for the past 18 months, according to Irish media reports.

Gaslight at 43-17 Queens Boulevard (Google)

He was born in United States and as an American citizen would often visit New York and worked in construction.

Kevin McGillicuddy, a reporter with Shannonside FM in Ireland, told the Sunnyside Post that McGee was a talented athlete who played Gaelic football and soccer. He said McGee was from a high-profile family in the village of Drumlish, a rural area with about 400 people.

The village was shocked by his death, McGillicuddy said. Tributes have been coming in since word came in of his passing.

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Gregory Zvierko

RIP Danny and prayers and thoughts for your family. Maybe someone will come forward with info.

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PDXsays

other national news sources report that McgGee was yelling racial slurs, and physically escalated as he threw a drink on the man. In an effort to fend off McGee’s encroaching instigation, one punch was thrown by the the victim of the racially- motivated aggression by McGee. A the time the report was filed, forensics were looking at a medical history of conditions for McGee as there appeared to be a pre-existing condition that could lead to someone being susceptible to serious injury.

Still and all, people should feel compassion for the men involved, their families, and their communities, including the NYC community

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Juana juana

I suppose the defense attorney will use that as an excuse
The district attorney needs to take away O’Brien passport
If there was heavy drinking the bar tender shares some responsibility
Of course the defense attorney will go after the victim

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EFJ

Rumors! Don’t believe everything being said. There was no racial anything involved. BOTH of the unfortunate young men are Irish.

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Juana juana

I see you are pushing the defense strategy
Hope someone close to you never punched in the head and left to die while the perp runs away
Racist comments about what or whom ? They both look white to me

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South Side Johnny

You’re really trying to spin this, aren’t you? Do you know this victim (the one whose space was being space was being encroached upon by racially-motivated aggression, of course, not the deceased)? Was this the first time he’s ever thrown a punch at another person? (For the record, I’ve never had to do this, nor have most of us.)

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Curlicue58

There are never police in our neighborhood. Last time I saw them they were in in Paris Baquette all 4 were on their cell phones. This is something that never should have happened z

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South Side Johnny

Fortunately, the police are rarely needed in our neighborhood because of the very low crime statistics. Most of us are not involved in late-night arguments outside of bars.

Instead of more cops, how about fewer bars? Less alcohol consumption? would that help?

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bars everywhere

Agree with fewer bars, sadly most people will disagree because they think more bars = more income.. The nice days of these bars being places of seeing friendly faces are long gone, now with the increased population, and random people stopping by at these bars, it will only get worse. There are still a lot of unreported fights/crimes because bar owners don’t want to get into more trouble.

We do need fewer bars, and more restaurants. Also I would suggest not serving alcohol after certain hours on weekdays, maybe 2AM cut off?

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Sean Scott

Police can not do nothing with that. They receive phone calls to be at the seen. What happened that night was in a second . It’s just a wrong punch

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Anonymous

Nov. 23, 2018 By Christian Murray

A 25-year-old Woodside man turned himself into police this morning after fatally punching a fellow Irish immigrant at the Gaslight Bar in Sunnyside Thursday, police said.

Steven O’Brien, who lives on 42nd Street in Woodside, has been charged with assault, after killing 21-year-old John “Danny” McGee with a single punch to the head outside the 43-17 Queens Blvd bar.

O’Brien, who is from Dublin, and McGee, from Longford, allegedly got into an argument outside the pub at around 3:45 a.m. on Thursday, police said.

O’Brien, a bartender in Manhattan, allegedly punched McGee in the head and then fled the scene.

McGee, meanwhile, fell to the pavement in a heap. He was later pronounced dead at Elmhurst Hospital.

McGee had been working in New York for the past 18 months, according to Irish media reports. He was an American citizen who frequently came to New York.

McGee was from a high-profile family in the village of Drumlish, a rural area with about 400 people. He was a talented Gaelic football and soccer play.

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Sad Day in Sunnyside

Hoping there was a security camera, perhaps Subway, to help locate the person who fled. My condolences to the family.

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EFJ

No need for the cameras. The two lads were buddies.
The one who threw the punch turned himself in to police yesterday morning. 🙁

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Sean Scott

Do u think the puncher who killed him!! The guy died cuz of heart attack. It’s every rare to die from a punch like that

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Dave Cremin

Rest In Peace John Danny McGee. My heart goes out to his Family in Ireland as they go through this nightmare. You are in my thoughts and prayers

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celtic

Poor guy, RIP.

I hope NYPD commit resources to find this person. It shouldn’t be too hard with the bar patrons and cameras all over queens blvd.

I was stabbed outside of a bar in the area and I know the NYPD didn’t even try and solve it. This of course involved a dead young man, so I hope they can bring justice to the family.

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bars

A friend of mine was severely beaten outside one of these bars, some savages that frequent some of these bars. Get more restaurants not bars.

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