Jerry Wolkowitz has sadly passed away after being attacked on May 1, 2018. The court hearing revealed that his killer "chose him because he was a white man."
The Asbury Park Press reported that "Jerry Wolkowitz, a longtime EMT and journalist, has died nearly six months after a brutal, allegedly racially motivated beating."
Wolkowitz did photography pieces for the newspaper. He also worked for other central New Jersey publications. Addiionally, he was a 25-year veteran of the Freehold First Aid Squad.
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Jamil S.Hubbard, 26, decided to attack Wolkowitz the morning of May 1 shortly after 7 a.m.
Wolkowitz, 56, was walking outside his apartment on Harding Road on the day of his death.
Hubbard approached Wolkowitz from the rear. He didn't know his victim before that day. He beat him up and brought him to a parking area.
The Sayreville man then drove over Wolkowitz. Hubbard used his Chevrolet Malibu for the horrendous act. Afterward, he stole his victim's Kia Forte.
The newspaper added:
“Wolkowitz, described as an ‘innocent soul’ by younger medics he took under his wing, was walking near his Harding Road apartment on the morning of May 1 when authorities believe 26-year-old Jamil S. Hubbard of Sayreville beat him and dragged him into a parking lot."
Police arrested and charge Hubbard the same day he committed the crime. He admitted that race was the reason for his actions.
Hubbard, a repeat criminal, was immediately charged with first-degree attempted murder, possession of a weapon (a motor vehicle for an unlawful purpose), and bias intimidation.
Wolkowitz remained unconscious during his weeks-long hospital stay. Then he was put in a long-term care facility. He never regained consciousness. He passed last Thursday due to kidney failure.
Wolkowitz's friends, family, former co-workers, mentees, and fiance will remember him for his kindness.
One such friend is Noel Olivarius. She said Wolkowitz was the only one who treated her "like an equal" when she joined the Freehold First Aid Squad 21 years ago.
Another close friend of the victim, Eddie Parze, said that "the ironic thing about it is the gentlest guy in the world gets attacked by an animal."
On April 10, 2018, there was a non-fatal attack on a reporter. Tim Fleischer received a strong punch to his face in Queens, New York.
Efram Lacroix, 32, attacked the ABC News reporter during an interview with a Queens resident.
Cameraman Rob Cantwell chased Lacroix for blocks. He finally caught him and held him until the police arrived.
Source: YouTube/ Eyewitness News ABC7NY
It is believed the culprit was looking for his 15 minutes of fame. Fleischer was also said to have a good-heart and polite nature.
Police arrested and charged Lacroix for the attack that left Fleischer's cheek bleeding. The latter was taken to the Lond Island Jewish Medical Center.
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