Carey Gabay, aide to N.Y. Gov. Cuomo, succumbs to injuries cause - KMOV.com

Carey Gabay, aide to N.Y. Gov. Cuomo, succumbs to injuries caused by 'random bullet'

Posted: Updated:

By Dominique Debucquoy-Dodley

NEW YORK (CNN) -- An aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, hit by what was apparently a stray bullet earlier this month, died on Wednesday evening, according to his family.

Carey Gabay was taken off a respirator Wednesday, one day after being declared brain dead, a family spokesman said.

"Our family is grieving that a man in the prime of his life who has impacted so many lives could be struck down by such a callous act," the family said after announcing Gabay was brain dead but before he succumbed to his injuries.

Gabay, a 43-year-old lawyer who was appointed first deputy counsel for Empire State Development in January, was enjoying pre-West Indian Day Parade festivities in Brooklyn, New York, with his family on September 7 when someone fired several rounds nearby.

One such "seemingly random bullet" struck him in the head, according to Cuomo.

"No one should have to experience the pain of losing someone they love to random gun violence, and his family is in our thoughts during this incredibly difficult time," Cuomo said.

The New York Police Department distributed a sketch of an unnamed suspect as well as surveillance video that shows two men, armed with guns, running into a building in Brooklyn. As of Wednesday afternoon, there had been no significant breaks in the case.

The governor pushed for national gun-control legislation in the wake of Gabay's shooting, saying, "This weekly ongoing tragedy of loss of life of innocent victims, schoolchildren, young girls, young boys must stop."

Raised in public housing in Bronx, New York, Gabay graduated from Harvard University and joined Cuomo's administration in 2011, first in Albany and most recently in New York City. His latest job was with Empire State Development, which is New York's chief economic development agency.

"He could've done anything with that education. He chose to be in state service because he wanted to use his skills to help others," Cuomo said earlier this month. "He made a fraction of what he could've earned. Just a beautiful guy."

CNN's Jeremy Diamond and Kristina Sgueglia contributed to this report.

The-CNN-Wire
™ & © 2015 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.

  • NationalMore>>

  • In Comey memos, Trump talks of jailed journalists, 'hookers'

    In Comey memos, Trump talks of jailed journalists, 'hookers'

    Friday, April 20 2018 1:03 AM EDT2018-04-20 05:03:06 GMT
    Friday, April 20 2018 10:46 AM EDT2018-04-20 14:46:18 GMT
    (AP Photo/Susan Walsh). Copies of the memos written by former FBI Director James Comey are photographed in Washington, Thursday, April 19, 2018. President Donald Trump told former FBI Director James Comey that he had serious concerns about the judgment...(AP Photo/Susan Walsh). Copies of the memos written by former FBI Director James Comey are photographed in Washington, Thursday, April 19, 2018. President Donald Trump told former FBI Director James Comey that he had serious concerns about the judgment...

    President Donald Trump told former FBI Director James Comey that he had serious concerns about his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

    More >

    President Donald Trump told former FBI Director James Comey that he had serious concerns about his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

    More >
  • Awww: 10 days old, she makes Senate history in her pink cap

    Awww: 10 days old, she makes Senate history in her pink cap

    Thursday, April 19 2018 12:51 AM EDT2018-04-19 04:51:56 GMT
    Friday, April 20 2018 8:08 AM EDT2018-04-20 12:08:18 GMT
    (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File). FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2018, photo, Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., speaks to Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Summit, on Capitol Hill, in Washington. Babies do not care about Senate decorum. But in a bow to working p...(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File). FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2018, photo, Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., speaks to Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Summit, on Capitol Hill, in Washington. Babies do not care about Senate decorum. But in a bow to working p...

    Prompted by the first sitting senator with a newborn, the Senate has decided to allow the babies of its members into the chamber, but not before some coaxing.

    More >

    Prompted by the first sitting senator with a newborn, the Senate has decided to allow the babies of its members into the chamber, but not before some coaxing.

    More >
  • Columbine survivors and Parkland students rally for change 19 years after massacre

    Columbine survivors and Parkland students rally for change 19 years after massacre

    Friday, April 20 2018 2:55 AM EDT2018-04-20 06:55:21 GMT
    On the eve of the 19th anniversary of the Columbine massacre, the Parkland students, along with Columbine survivors, victims' families, current students and members of the Littleton community gathered April 19, 2018 in a park just steps from the school.On the eve of the 19th anniversary of the Columbine massacre, the Parkland students, along with Columbine survivors, victims' families, current students and members of the Littleton community gathered April 19, 2018 in a park just steps from the school.
    Just a few months ago, the word "Columbine" meant nothing to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School junior Kayla Schaefer. Today, Columbine, might as well be a synonym for "hope."More >
    Just a few months ago, the word "Columbine" meant nothing to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School junior Kayla Schaefer. Today, Columbine might as well be a synonym for "hope."More >
Powered by Frankly