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Death Of Alleged Union Square Hate Crime Victim Ruled Homicide

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The victim of an alleged hate crime in Union Square last week has died, and the medical examiner is ruling the death a homicide.

Officials say 62-year-old Jeffery Babbit passed away on Monday from a brain hemorrhage after suffering a skull fracture.

Police say Babbit was punched by 31-year-old Martin Redrick, during an attack on three people.

According to officials, Redrick allegedly walked out of the Union Square subway station and began shouting racist threats before he hit Babbit and two others.

Babbit went to Bellevue Hospital, where officials say he eventually slipped into a coma.

His neighbors say they're in shock.

"Very peaceful, very friendly, very helpful for example, like a neighbor. Very, very good people," said one neighbor.

"He was really kind-hearted, and it's really unfortunate that happened," said another.

"This is a crime, and I cannot tell you how I would like to get my hands on that man. God forgive me," said a third.

Redrick, who also goes by the name Lashawn Martin, is being held on $1 million bail and is due back in court on Tuesday, according to police.

Officials say Redrick is charged with second and third degree assault, but those charges may be upgraded. ClientIP:,, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP