The family of a man who died breaking up a bar fight in Staten Island over the weekend is in mourning and calling for action on the same day a 23-year-old man turns himself in in connection with the incident. NY1's Michael Herzenberg filed the following report.
The brother of the Abdou Salam Cisse, Thierno Cisse, struggles with his loss.
“Abdou was a sweet guy. Good guy. Nice. Friends with everybody. Hard-working guy," says Cisse.
He sends the body of his sibling back to their native Senegal for burial Wednesday, the same day a suspect in the death goes before a judge.
"We are here to pursue the American dream. We believe in this country. We believe in justice and justice needs to be served," says friend Mohamed Ba. "We're going to mobilize. We're going to do meetings. We're going to do press conferences. We're going to go to the court."
Police say outside the Drunken Monkey bar on Forest Avenue, 23-year-old Stephen Fasano recklessly caused the death of Salam Cisse Sunday morning.
Workers say an argument inside turned into a fight outside and Salam Cisse just tried to break it up.
Authorities say it appears he died of head trauma.
“We believe in NYPD. We believe in the criminal justice system, and we know something could happen. We don’t want this to be taken softly," Ba says.
Family members of the victim say they want to know specifics about how Salam Cisse died.
They say detectives told them they'll get them.
"Take these bad guys off the streets. Nobody is safe when the bad guys are out there, and you know that. That’s simple," Ba says.
The suspect is facing charges of manslaughter and assault.
NY1 asked the mother of the suspect for her side or his side to this and she said 'it's too hard, not now.'