Oct. 24, 2012 By Christian Murray
The man who was brutally attacked on 43rd Avenue Saturday morning has been taken off life support and his outlook is bleak.
The victim, a 62-year-old gay man who was recently married, has been in a relationship with his partner for decades. He lives on 43rd Avenue, up near 50th Street, and is well known in the community.
Police are trying to determine whether the incident was a hate crime—although it is too early into the investigation.
“We hope that the community can come together and support one another given the gravity of this,” said a long-time friend of the man. The source said that public officials will be holding a press conference tomorrow.
The victim was struck in the head by a blunt object outside of 41-00 43rd Avenue at 3:00 am Saturday.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer’s office didn’t provide any details on the case, when he was asked on Monday. However, a spokesman said: “We are in contact with the 108 [police] precinct and we will get the bottom of this. The perpetrator will be brought to justice.”