A 40-year-old woman was pushed in front of a New York City subway on Saturday morning she is remembered for her volunteer work helping underserved communities.
Michelle Go, who lived on the Upper West Side, was a senior manager at Deloitte Consulting by day, but it’s her job with the New York Junior League which exemplifies his character.
NYJL is a women-led non-profit organization in New York City which works with a network of community partners to support the health and wellness of underserved and at-risk populations.
According to NYJL, Go volunteered with the organization for the past decade, serving on two different committees: one that focused on preventative health education and one that helped adults achieve independent professional and financial success.
“The New York Junior League (NYJL) is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Michelle Go in such tragic and senseless circumstances,” said NYJL President Dayna Barlow Cassidy. to PEOPLE in a statement.
According to Cassidy, her target populations with the organization included seniors, immigrants, and recovering homeless people.
Go’s murder in New York
Go was killed around 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the Times Square subway station., when a homeless man pushed her onto the tracks in front of an oncoming R train, NYPD Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell said., at a press conference .
Simon Martial, 61, was arrested and charged on Saturday shortly after the incident, a spokesman for the New York Police Department confirmed.
Go was found “unconscious and unresponsive” on the train tracks when officers arrived, according to the NYPD statement; she was pronounced dead at the scene.
Simon turned himself in to police shortly after allegedly committing the crime, Sewell said. Deputy Chief Jason Wilcox said Simon had “three emotionally disturbed encounters” in the past documented by the NYPD.
Police believe the incident was “not premeditated” and that the victim did not appear to have interacted with the suspect prior to her death, Sewell added.
“This was a senseless, absolutely senseless act of violence,” Sewell said at the news conference. “Our investigators are actively investigating this crime and our uniformed officers will remain vigilant throughout the subway system.”
In response to his death, “[NYJL pide] to city leaders to urgently address the lack of mental health and other supports for underserved communities.”
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