Doctors have removed a gay New Yorker from life support after he suffered a brutal beating on the streets of New York’s Queens borough.
A Greenwich Village music school administrator, Lou Rispoli is in hospice care at Elmhurst Hospital following an attack at on Oct. 20 near his Sunnyside home. Rispoli worked at the Greenwich House Music School.
New York City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, who is gay and represents Sunnyside, fought back tears at an Oct. 25 press conference, reported Gay City News. He said the assault on Rispoli, whom he knew as a friend and someone who worked on his 2009 campaign, “is a tragedy for our neighborhood and our city.”
Friends told reporters that Rispoli was an insomniac who liked to take walks at night. They said he had left his house around midnight.
Witnesses said two men approached him around 2:15 a.m., and one hit him in the head with a stick.
Rispoli is 62 years old.
Police said no arrests have been made, although Van Bramer said it was hard to believe that someone would get away with the crime.