NYC Mayor Eric Adams Speaks at Times Square Vigil for Subway Attack Victim Michelle Go

A large crowd gathered on the evening of January 18 in Times Square to honor Michelle Go, who was killed when she was pushed in front of a subway train.

NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell described the attack, which took place on the morning of January 15, as “unprovoked”.

Simon Martial, 61, was arrested and charged after he turned himself in, police said.

This footage was published by Twitter user @flytip and shows New York City Mayor Eric Adams speaking at the vigil. In the video, he says, “The death of Michelle ripped out my heart, to see what happened to her, and to see what has happened in our city, months after months. What has happened to the AAPI community.”

He added, “I don’t want the knee-jerk reaction of going through our subway system and going through our streets and demonizing those who have slipped through the cracks and did not receive the mental health treatment that they deserve. We must ensure that we have a plan of intervention and prevention.”

According to ABC 7 News, Go’s family released a statement on Monday, saying: "We are in a state of shock and grieving the loss of our daughter, sister, and friend. We hope Michelle will be remembered for how she lived and not just how she died.

“She was a beautiful, brilliant, kind, and intelligent woman who loved her family and friends, loved to travel the world and to help others. Her life was taken too soon in a senseless act of violence, and we pray that she gets the justice she deserves.” Credit: @flytip via Storyful