Jermaine Foster, 26, appeared in court on Sunday for the death of a 58-year-old woman from Bayonne. He was subsequently charged with second-degree murder.
Foster stole a mobile phone in Times Square on Friday and knocked down the woman. He was initially charged with robbery and assault, but these charges escalated after the woman died in the hospital on Saturday.
She is the light of the family, and now Maria Ambrosio’s family is stunned, they are right next to her bed.
For more than 24 hours, the 58-year-old nurse fought for her life, but opportunities were not by her side.
“I am not only heartbroken,” said her best friend Maria Cruz.
Cruz couldn’t understand.
“We travel together, work together, and play together,” she said.
Cruz was present when it happened-after lunch on Friday, the pair of lifelong friends and two nurses were in Times Square. At the time, the police said that Foster, who had just stolen a mobile phone, knocked down Ambrosio. She fell heavily.
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“I heard a loud noise, I said’God’, and when I lowered my head, I saw her crying,” Cruz said.
She never woke up again.
Ambrosio’s family has encountered unimaginable hard times when bidding farewell to such a strong and inspiring woman, but they hope that the man who caused it will pay the price.
The Consulate General of the Philippines in New York issued a statement calling for more police protection for Asian communities and mental health resources for the homeless.
The local leader was asking why Foster-the police said he was homeless-had been living on the street in the first place without the help he needed.
New York City mayoral candidates Eric Adams (Eric Adams) and Curtis Sliwa (Curtis Sliwa) spoke on the tragic death on Sunday.
Adams said: “The tragic death of Maria Ambrosio is a failure of our entire public safety ecosystem, including failing to identify dangerous people and getting them off the street to enter the facility.”
“Crime is rampant in this city,” Curtis Sliwa said. “Why do mentally ill people live on the streets? They need care.”
Foster was arrested on Friday for two different incidents-stealing a cell phone and breaking into an apartment.
He will return to court on Thursday.
The family hoped that Foster would go to jail for the life-long suffering he caused by taking such a precious life.
The Philippine Consulate stated that they will hold a memorial mass for Ambrosio at St. Francis Church on West 31st Street at 1:30 pm on Monday.
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