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.
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.
Everyone in the club is shocked and saddened at the tragic passing of Danny McGee in New York. Loved by all who knew him he was a star for St. Vincent’s at each age group and played senior with us shortly before emigrating. Our deepest sympathies to his family and friends. RIP pic.twitter.com/45YhfuybVc
— Father Manning Gaels (@FrManningGaels) November 23, 2018