Add another subway murder to the 28 others since COVID hit: Richard Washington handed away final week on account of wounds suffered practically 18 months earlier than.
Back on Jan. 2, 2022, Washington was heading from the Far Rockaway homeless shelter the place he lived to go to his dad and mom when Brian Moolenaar, himself homeless in addition to apparently mentally in poor health, lunged at him out of nowhere within the subway.
The stab within the neck left Washington paralyzed, out and in of hospitals till the tip. He leaves behind a teenage son.
The case by no means acquired a lot publicity: It doesn’t push culture-war buttons because the death of Jordan Neely does.
But it’s each bit as a lot a tragedy, and an outrage.
More, it’s a reminder of all the opposite scary stuff that goes on, on the streets in addition to the subways — by no means making the information however nonetheless feeding New Yorkers’ all-too-reasonable fears of crime and chaos.
The privileged crime-deniers need to treat the Neely case as a one-off and blame racism or somesuch.
In reality, all these horrors circulation from the failure of our leaders to do one thing New York City had already finished earlier than the left took over: Make the subway protected.
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