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Suspect surrenders in Q train subway slaying; bust came after negotiations between cops, NJ clergyman

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“I want people to know that he was one of the smartest people I know,” she said. “He would try so hard to be in his family’s lives. He was jovial, generous. He doesn’t do anything bad.

“He’s a good person.”

The shooting comes about 5½ weeks after a gunman set off a smoke canister and sprayed 33 bullets into a crowded Manhattan-bound N train as it approached the 36th St. station in Brooklyn on April 12. Ten people were shot and wounded, and 13 others were otherwise hurt.

The accused shooter, Frank James, faces federal terrorism charges.

Shootings on the subway had become rare in recent years. Through May 15, 14 people were shot in the transit system citywide, including James’ 10 victims. By the same point last year, no one had been shot in the transit system.

Vile said Mayor Adams needs to make do on his promise to make the city safe again.

Her brother, she said, was a patron of the arts.

“He helped a lot of aspiring directors, filmmakers, painters and sculptors, that’s just him being himself,” said Vile. “When people would fall on hard times, he would help them.”


Vile also recalled countless times he put up money for vacations, dinners, outfits and art supplies for friends and family.

“My brother would give his shirt off his back to his friends,” she said. “He was a loyal, loyal person. He loved life so much.”

Vile said she learned of her big brother’s slaying while she and husband and their two small children were eating pizza and watching a new Marvel superhero movie.

“They’re devastated,” Vile said of the children. “They’re in shock. For them to be so little and to hear that he was murdered in cold blood ... " she said, her voice trailing off.

“Maybe he was sleeping, maybe he was listening to music,” Vile said of her brother. “But this person had no heart, no soul. This was pure evil."


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