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Cops Look at Hate Crime in NY Punching Death

Cops Look at Hate Crime in NY Punching Death
Posted September 10th, 2013 @ 11:34am by Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff

(NEWSER– The death of a man who suffered a skull fracture and brain hemorrhage in Manhattan after being punched has been ruled a homicide, NY1 reports. Jeffrey Babbitt (some outlets use the spelling "Jeffery Babbit"), 62, was walking in Union Square around 3pm last Wednesday when Lashawn Marten allegedly punched him in the face in an apparently random attack, the New York Times reports. Marten, who is also reportedly known as Martin Redrick, said he wanted to "punch the first white man I see," police say.

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