NY governor's aide shot before West Indian Day parade dies

Andrew Cuomo's Aide Declared Brain Dead After Shooting

NEW YORK (AP) -- An aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo who was shot in the crossfire between two gangs hours before New York City's West Indian Day parade died on Wednesday, police said.

Carey Gabay, a first deputy general counsel at the Empire State Development Corp., was shot in the head during a pre-dawn party celebrating the parade earlier this month. He was hospitalized and placed into a medically induced coma.

Earlier Wednesday, his family announced he had been declared brain dead.

"Our family is grieving that a man in the prime of his life who has impacted so many lives could be struck down by such a callous act," the family said in a statement. "This is a nightmare that's shaken our resolve and tested our faith."

Cuomo called Gabay, a 43-year-old Harvard University-educated lawyer, "the epitome of an outstanding public servant."

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NY governor's aide shot before West Indian Day parade dies
Today, the State of New York has lost one of its finest young men. http://t.co/HVWqRvua4X
Thoughts are w/ loved ones of #CareyGabay. He was a dedicated public servant & the senseless gun violence that took his life is unforgivable
Rest in peace, Carey Gabay. Senseless death. Gabay was pres @HarvardUC back when. UC love to him, thoughts w family http://t.co/omwCk1iMWW
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God bless my man Carey Gabay. Hang in there man.
sparing a thought and saying a prayer for Mr. Carey Gabay who is currently in grave condition and fighting for his life.

"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."

Gabay joined Cuomo's administration in 2011 and had worked as an assistant counsel to Cuomo, a Democrat, before taking his new position in January.

He was walking with his brother near the Brooklyn parade route on Sept. 7 at 3:40 a.m. when he was shot. His family said he was in a coma last week, and Cuomo said at the time that the damage done by the bullet was "extensive."

No arrests have been made in the case. Police Commissioner William Bratton said last week that investigators were focusing on two gangs whose members are well known to the New York Police Department.

The shooting was one of several outbursts of violence in the neighborhoods surrounding the parade, including the fatal stabbing of a man. Police arrested a suspect in a separate shooting that occurred shortly before Gabay was wounded.

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