Update: Carey Gabay, an aide in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration who was shot in the head during gang members’ crossfire just before New York City’s West Indian Day Parade Sept. 7, died Wednesday, according to authorities.
Gov. Cuomo has released the following statement regarding Gabay’s passing: “It is with profound sadness that we learn of the passing of Carey Gabay. 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. New York is undeniably a better place today because of his service.”
Carey W. Gabay, an aide in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration who was shot in the head just before the West Indian Day Parade in New York City Sept. 7, has been pronounced brain-dead, according to a statement released by his family.
Gabay, 43, was caught in gang members’ crossfire, in the Crown Heights area, during a series of stabbings and shootings in the midst of a pre-planned march which had been scheduled to take place prior to the parade.
He was taken to Kings County Hospital, where he had been listed in critical condition for several days.
Gabay’s family said he was declared brain dead Tuesday evening, Sept. 15.
Gabay is currently the first deputy counsel of Empire State Development for the state.
“There are difficult decisions we will face in the coming hours and days as our family struggles to process what this means for us,” the family said in a statement. “We ask that our privacy be respected during this difficult time.”
“Carey has been fighting bravely surrounded by the loved ones to whom he has brought so much joy with his jovial nature, generosity of spirit and enduring smile,” the family added. “This is a nightmare that’s shaken our resolve and tested our faith.”
Gabay’s family also asked that anyone with information regarding the shooting contact police.
No arrests have been made in the shooting.
Police have offered a $12,500 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the gunman.
Gov. Cuomo released the following statement regarding Gabay:
“Today we are all incredibly saddened by the news from Carey Gabay’s family. I ask that all New Yorkers please join me in keeping both Carey and his family in their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”
Gabay and his wife, Trenelle, married in 2012, and live in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn. She is reportedly pregnant with the couple’s first child.