The sister of the man gunned down in a random attack on the Q train on Sunday condemned “random” violence that swept the city and country outside of her brother’s wake on Friday and mourned the loss of her brother as a “normal New Yorker” who “gave his life”. for the safety of others.
“My brother wasn’t afraid to live in New York City and that’s how he died, so I believe in the city that there will be changes because of him,” Griselda Vile, Daniel Enriquez’s sister, said Friday five days ago told reporters after Andrew allegedly shot and killed Abdullah Enriquez in broad daylight while he was taking the train to brunch.
“I don’t want him to be victim, victim, victim, victim. It’s Daniel Enriquez,” Vile said through tears. “And on that day, Daniel Enriquez gave his life for every person in it [subway car] and for every New Yorker.”
Vile was among dozens of friends and family members who paid their respects to Enriquez.
Enriquez, a researcher at Goldman Sachs who lived in Park Slope with his 18-year-old partner Adam Pollack, was the fourth subway homicide in 2022.
Pollack, who told the Post Monday that the man killed was taking the subway because he no longer wanted to pay Uber’s fares, was overcome with grief on Friday and did not speak to reporters.
Vile said whether her brother would rather take an Uber is beside the point because taking the train to brunch is “a common thing that everyone does, every weekend, year-round.”
“We know it was coincidence, we know it was pointless, and that’s the part that gets me excited because how many more pointless victims are there going to be?” she said.
Maurice Johnson, a bartender at The Abbey, where Enriquez was a regular, said the 48-year-old befriended everyone who walked into the establishment.
“It was more his bar than customers, owner, bartender. He was just there all the time. He loved this place. He loved everyone who went there, he was always buying people drinks,” Johnson said.
“He was always smiling, he was very loud. He was just a good guy, a good uncle, a good brother. He was just a great guy.”
“Danny was everything, not just to me, but to my daughter, to my husband,” his cousin Rosa Vargas said. “Danny didn’t deserve to die the way he did. He did not. He did not.”
Both Vargas and Vile said they hoped Enriquez’s death would spur politicians, including Mayor Eric Adams, to reduce gun violence.
“I pray that all of the people who have poured out their support will continue to fight their love to bring about change in the city and in this nation,” Vile told reporters.
https://nypost.com/2022/05/27/family-mourns-q-train-shooting-victim-daniel-enriquez/ The family mourns the loss of Q-train shooting victim Daniel Enriquez