The sister of a Brooklyn man who was gunned down in a random attack while he was riding the Q train through Manhattan on the way to brunch sobbed as she called for an end to the escalating violence plaguing the city.
Daniel Enriquez, 48, was riding the Q train from his home in Park Slope, Brooklyn, to Manhattan on Sunday morning when a gunman opened fire as the train was crossing the Manhattan Bridge.
Suspected gunman Andrew Abdullah, 25, who had been out on bail for previous violent offenses, was taken into custody on Tuesday and charged with second degree murder.
Heartbroken family members mourned Enriquez at his wake at James Romanelli- Stephens Funeral Home in Queens on Friday as they call for an end to gun violence.
Griselda Vile, who remembered her brother as a ‘regular New Yorker’ who ‘gave his life’ for the safety of others, is hoping there will be change because of him.
‘My brother wasn’t afraid to live in New York City and this is how he died, so I believe in the city I believe that there will be change because of him,’ she said Friday.
Enriquez, a researcher at Goldman Sachs who lived with his partner Adam Pollack in Park Slope, was the fourth subway homicide victim of 2022, the New York Post reported.
‘I don’t want him to be victim, victim, victim, victim. It’s Daniel Enriquez,’ Vile said through her tears. ‘And, on that day Daniel Enriquez gave his life for every person in that [subway car] and for every New Yorker.’
Griselda Vile, sister of Q train shooting victim Daniel Enriquez, sobbed at his wake on Friday as she called for an end to the escalating violence plaguing New York City
Vile told reporters Friday that taking the subway to brunch is ‘a common thing that every does, every weekend, all year long’ and that her brother didn’t deserve to die like this
‘My brother wasn’t afraid to live in New York City and this is how he died, so I believe in the city I believe that there will be change because of him,’ his sister said Friday
Daniel Enriquez, 48, was riding the Q train from his home in Park Slope, Brooklyn, to Manhattan on Sunday morning when a gunman opened fire killing him
Enriquez’ partner had previously said that he rarely took the subway on the weekends, but that day he was trying to avoid Uber’s surging prices due to the 90-degree weather.
Vile told reporters Friday that this was besides the point because taking the subway to brunch is ‘a common thing that every does, every weekend, all year long.’
‘We know that it was random, we know that it was senseless and that’s the part that upset me because how many more senseless victims are there going to be?’ she asked as she sobbed.
Vile, and other family members, told reporters that they hope his death would bring about change and urge Mayor Eric Adams to take action and end gun violence.
‘I pray that all the people who’ve out poured their support, their love continue to fight to make change in the city and make change in this nation,’ she said.
‘I don’t want him to be victim, victim, victim, victim. It’s Daniel Enriquez,’ Vile said through her tears as she spoke to reporters at her brother’s wake on Friday
Vile, and other family members, told reporters that they hope his death would bring about change and urge Mayor Eric Adams to take action and end gun violence
Adam Pollack, longtime partner of Daniel Enriquez enters the James Romanelli-Stephens funeral home for his partner’s wake
Enriquez’ partner had previously said that he rarely took the subway on the weekends, but that day he was trying to avoid Uber’s surging prices due to the 90-degree weather
Vile, and other family members (pictured at his wake), told reporters that they hope his death would bring about change and urge Mayor Eric Adams to take action and end gun violence
Abdullah, the suspected gunman, made his first appearance in court Wednesday, where he was ordered to be held without bail in the shooting death of Enriquez.
Abdullah wore a hooded sweatshirt and a mask that concealed his face, but police said they used security cameras to track the killer after he fled the station, including footage that showed him shedding the clothing that initially hid his identity.
Abdullah’s lawyer, though, said in court that five of six witnesses brought to a police lineup could not identify him as the shooter.
Throughout the court appearance, Abdullah looked ahead as he stood in blue sweatpants, a gray t-shirt and with a white mask with his hands handcuffed behind him. He was led away immediately after the hearing ended.
New York Subway shooting suspect Andrew Abdullah is escorted by New York City Police (NYPD) Detectives as he exits arrested from the Police Precinct in New York City on Tuesday
Witnesses said he was pacing up and down the subway car muttering ‘no phones’ before walking up to stranger Daniel Enriquez, shooting him fatally in the chest. (Pictured: Abdullah is perp walked to car by NYPD on Tuesday)
Abdullah was taken into custody on Tuesday after Bishop Lamor Whitehead of the Leaders of Tomorrow International Church showed up at the Fifth Precinct in lower Manhattan on his behalf to negotiate with cops. The man arrived in a Fendi blazer and a $350,000 Rolls Royce.
Mayor Eric Adams revealed on Tuesday that he negotiated with Whitehead and told him to bring Abdullah in, after Abdullah turned up at a legal aid office in Tribeca. Abdullah then appeared at the station around an hour later. He was marched into the police station by two cops and was wearing a stained white t-shirt and cargo pants.
Speaking afterwards, the bishop said Abdullah ‘doesn’t remember anything’ about the shooting, but is ‘standing in his innocence’ and has mental health problems.
Witnesses said he was pacing up and down the subway car muttering ‘no phones’ before walking up to Enriquez, shooting him in the chest.
Police also revealed on Tuesday afternoon that the suspect was stopped by police 11 minutes after the shooting on Sunday – but that the cops let him go.
‘The officers were responding to the shooting, there was a description put out. They observed him walking away from the subway. They stopped him, talked to him, they were satisfied with his answers. He had a different color shirt on and backpack. It was a different description…he had altered his appearance.’
Police had previously released photos from surveillance footage of the suspect
Andrew Abdullah is accused of shooting dead Daniel Enriquez on the Manhattan-bound Q train on Sunday in an apparently unprovoked attack
Mayor Eric Adams blamed the shooting on the fact that Abdullah was walking the streets when he should have been in jail.
He was arrested last month on suspicion of grand larceny for stealing a Lexus, and also committed an armed robbery in February.
Adams said that the shooting was also the result of ‘America’s toxic gun cultures.’
The shooting, which witnesses told police appeared to be unprovoked, came amid a disturbing rash of gun violence in which people have targeted strangers.
Last month, a man who authorities said had traveled from Philadelphia shot 10 people on a subway train in Brooklyn. On May 14 police say a gunman motivated by racial hatred killed 10 Black shoppers and workers at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York.
The victim, Daniel Enriquez, 48, was traveling to meet his brother for brunch on Sunday at 11.42am when he was shot and killed
Enriquez was on his way to brunch with his brother when he was shot in the torso in an unprovoked attack that is the latest in a spate of violent subway crimes.
‘We have to go back to work every day. I still have to take the train,’ his sister said. ‘I take it, my husband takes it, my daughter takes it every day to school. This is one of the things that makes the city great.
‘We have no choice, we just went through a pandemic and we have to go back to work. We want our kids to feel safe in New York.
‘I mean, we’re New Yorkers. We take the train everywhere. I take my students on field trips on the train. I’m going to be speaking to the District Attorney.
‘I don’t want this person to go back out and do the same thing. This person needs help and prison may not be the answer but my brother will not die in vain.
‘New York City does not feel safe and yet we have to go on.’
Daniel’s brother-in-law also slammed the suggestion that Abdullah was an out-of-control man overcome by mental illness.
Enriquez was heading from his home in Park Slope, Brooklyn over the Manhattan Bridge when the gunman opened fire without warning at about 11:42 am
NYC Mayor Eric Adams at the Balenciaga show on Saturday. He is yet to crackdown on subway crime
‘This gentleman allegedly went to a pastor to negotiate his surrender. He was in control of his faculties, he knew what he was doing.
‘He’s an unhinged lunatic but there’s still enough up there to do a risk calculation? I hope punishment is meted out to the full extent of the law,’ he told DailyMail.com.
At the time of the shooting, Abdullah was on bail for previous violent offenses.
In 2017, the Times reports, Abdullah was arrested on an 83-count indictment from the Manhattan District Attorney for a slew of offenses along with other known members of the Harlem-based gangs Fast Money and Nine Block.
He pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon and conspiracy charges the following year in exchange for a maximum prison term of three years – but he was paroled by June 2019.
Just six months later, in January 2020, Abdullah was again arrested for violating his parole by possessing a loaded gun outside of his Harlem apartment building – a case which is still pending – and was released after posting a $100,000 bail.
By March 2021, the Manhattan District Attorney once again charged him with domestic assault and endangering the welfare of a child after he allegedly punched a woman and slammed her against a wall while she was holding a baby.
And in April, the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office charged him with stolen property and the unauthorized use of a vehicle.
Both of those cases are also ongoing, the Times reports, and he is due back in court on the gun charge on June 6.
Police were on the scene of the Canal Street subway after the shooting occurred
Transit Bureau Chief Jason Wilcox told the MTA board on Monday that a designated ‘train force’ of cops will be introduced to trains.
‘In May we have created a new Train Patrol Force, or TPF, that will perform dedicated, targeted, and visible train patrols on the late evening and overnight hours.
‘The TPF is not a new concept, it was a type of transit patrol done in years past, notably, by our mayor when he was a transit cop,’ he said, according to AM New York.
‘It was an idea that we felt we needed to return to,’ he added. The TPF existed in New York City in the 1990s but was disbanded in 1995 when it folded in to the NYPD.