NEW YORK (FOX5NY) - Carey Gabay, an aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, has died, the NYPD said Wednesday night. Earlier in the day, his family and Cuomo said Gabay was declared brain dead. The 43-year-old married Harvard Law graduate was shot in the head during the pre-party for the West Indian Day Parade. Gabay had been in a coma at Kings County Hospital since the shooting on Labor Day.
"Carey was the epitome of an outstanding public servant. He held a tremendous commitment to his community, and he chose to use his many talents to better the lives of others," Cuomo said in a statement. "New York is undeniably a better place today because of his service. He was also a friend and role model to the many people who were blessed to have known him, and he will be greatly missed."
Earlier Wednesday, the family issued this statement: "We are saddened to announce that after an arduous week, Carey Gabay, our husband, son, brother, uncle and friend, has been declared brain dead as of late Tuesday. There are difficult decisions we will face in the coming hours and days as our family struggles to process what this means for us. We ask that our privacy to be respected during this difficult time."
The first deputy counsel of Cuomo’s Empire State Development agency got caught in the crossfire between members of rival street gangs, according to police.
The NYPD released a sketch of the gunman. He is described by police as 19 to 20 years old and black. He was wearing a white T-shirt, black pants and a Jamaican flag around his neck at the time of the shooting.