Jermaine Foster, 26, was charged with homicide within the second diploma after he was arraigned in courtroom Sunday following the loss of life of a 58-year-old lady from Bayonne.
Foster was initially charged with theft and assault after he stole a cellular phone and knocked down the lady in Occasions Sq. on Friday, however these fees have been upgraded after the lady died within the hospital Saturday.
She was the sunshine of the household and now Maria Ambrocio’s household is surprised they have been by her hospital bedside.
For greater than 24 hours, the 58-year-old nurse fought laborious for her life, however the odds weren’t on her aspect.
“I am greater than heartbroken,” stated her greatest good friend, Maria Cruz.
Cruz cannot make sense of it.
“We journey collectively, we work collectively, we have now enjoyable collectively,” she stated.
Cruz was there when it occurred – the lifelong buddies, each nurses, have been in Occasions Sq. after lunch on Friday when police say Foster, who had simply stolen a cellphone, knocked down Ambrocio. She went down laborious.
“I heard an enormous thud, I stated ‘OMG’ and after I seemed down I noticed her crying,” Cruz stated.
She by no means awakened once more.
Ambrocio’s household is having an unimaginably powerful time saying goodbye to such a powerful, inspirational lady, however they need the person who brought on all of this to pay.
The Philippine Consulate Basic of New York launched an announcement calling for extra police safety for the Asian group and psychological well being sources for the homeless.
Native leaders are asking why Foster – who police say is homeless – was on the streets within the first place and never getting the assistance he wanted.
Each New York Metropolis mayoral candidates, Eric Adams and Curtis Sliwa, spoke out Sunday concerning the tragic loss of life.
“The tragic loss of life of Maria Ambrocio is the failure of our whole public security eco-system, together with failure to establish harmful folks and get them off the road and into amenities,” Adams stated.
“Crime has been rampant on this Metropolis,” Curtis Sliwa stated. “Why are the mentally sick on the streets? They want care.”
Foster was arrested Friday for 2 separate incidents – stealing the cellphone and breaking into an condo.
He is due again in courtroom on Thursday.
The household needs Foster behind bars for the lifelong ache he has brought on for taking such a treasured life.
The Philippine Consulate says they are going to be holding a memorial mass for Ambrocio at St. Francis Church on West thirty first Avenue at 1:30 p.m. on Monday.
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