The dad of the 18-year-old tourist murdered in Times Square spoke for the first time about his 'angel'

Eighteen-year-old Alyssa Elsman was murdered in Times Square Thursday by Richard Rojas, 26, as she toured New York City with her 13-year-old sister shortly after arriving.

Rojas, who was on drugs and later expressed that he wanted to kill pedestrians and be shot by police, injured 22 people, including the sister of the deceased.

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Alyssa Elsman's father has spoken publicly for the first time since his daughter's death and says "his heart died in New York."

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NEW YORK, USA - MAY 18: Flames and smoke rises from a wrecked vehicle after it plowed into pedestrians on a busy sidewalk on the corner of West 45th St. and Broadway at Times Square, New York, NY United States on May 18, 2017. Multiple pedestrians were struck Thursday by a speeding vehicle in the heart of New York City, according to reports. At least 13 people wounded. (Photo by Volkan Furuncu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Richard Rojas is escorted from the 7th precinct by New York City Police officers after being processed in connection with the speeding vehicle that struck pedestrians on a sidewalk in Times Square in New York City, U.S., May 18, 2017. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
An injured woman lays on the sidewalk in Times Square after a speeding vehicle struck pedestirans on the sidewalk inn New York City, U.S., May 18, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Segar TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A photo of victim Alyssa Elsman of Portage, Michigan is posted on a baricade in Times Square May 19, 2017, the morning after Richard Rojas crashed his car into a a crowd of pedestrians in New York's Times Square killing one and injuring 22 people. A US Navy veteran who plowed a car into pedestrians in New York's Times Square, killing a woman and injuring 22 other people, has been charged with murder and attempted murder, police said Friday. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
First responders are at the scene as people help injured pedestrians after a vehicle struck pedestrians on a sidewalk in Times Square in New York, U.S., May 18, 2017. REUTERS/Jeremy Schultz
First responders and people help injured pedestrians after a vehicle struck pedestrians on a sidewalk in Times Square in New York, U.S., May 18, 2017. REUTERS/Jeremy Schultz
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUALS COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY An injured man is seen on the sidewalk in Times Square after a speeding vehicle struck pedestrians on the sidewalk in New York City, U.S., May 18, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Segar
First responders are assisting injured pedestrians after a vehicle struck pedestrians on a sidewalk in Times Square in New York, U.S., May 18, 2017. REUTERS/Jeremy Schultz
An injured woman is seen on the sidewalk in Times Square after a speeding vehicle struck pedestrians on the sidewalk inn New York City, U.S., May 18, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Segar
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUALS COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY An injured man is seen on the sidewalk in Times Square after a speeding vehicle struck pedestrians on the sidewalk in New York City, U.S., May 18, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Segar
First responders tend to an injured pedestrian after a vehicle struck pedestrians on a sidewalk in Times Square in New York, U.S., May 18, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
A woman attends to an injured man on the sidewalk in Times Square after a speeding vehicle struck pedestrians on the sidewalk in New York City, U.S., May 18, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Segar TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUALS COVERAGE OF SCENES OF DEATH OR INJURY A body of a deceased person lies covered on the sidewalk in front of the 3 Times Sq building in Times Square after a speeding vehicle struck pedestrians on the sidewalk in New York City, U.S., May 18, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Segar TEMPLATE OUT
Police investigate the vehicle that drove onto sidewalk and struck pedestrians in Times Square in New York, U.S., May 18, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 18: A wrecked car sits in the intersection of 45th and Broadway in Times Square, May 18, 2017 in New York City. According to reports there were multiple injuries and one fatality after the car plowed into a crowd of people. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - MAY 18: A wounded civilian is being hospitalized after a maroon sedan vehicle plowed into pedestrians on a busy sidewalk on the corner of West 45th St. and Broadway at Times Square, New York, NY United States on May 18, 2017. Multiple pedestrians were struck Thursday by a speeding vehicle in the heart of New York City, according to reports. At least 13 people wounded. (Photo by Volkan Furuncu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
New York City Police Department (NYPD) officers stand near newly erected concrete barricades outside the 3 Times Square building in Times Square where a speeding vehicle struck pedestrians Thursday in New York City, U.S., May 19, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Segar
A vehicle that struck pedestrians and later crashed is seen on the sidewalk in Times Square in New York City, U.S., May 18, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Segar TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
People walk between newly erected concrete barricades outside the 3 Times Square building in Times Square where a speeding vehicle struck pedestrians Thursday in New York City, U.S., May 19, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Emergency personnel inspect a vehicle involved in striking a number of pedestrians in Times Square in New York, May 18, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Richard Rojas is escorted from the 7th precinct by New York City Police officers after being processed in connection with the speeding vehicle that struck pedestrians on a sidewalk in Times Square in New York City, U.S., May 18, 2017. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
A photo of victim Alyssa Elsman of Portage, Michigan is posted on a baricade in Times Square May 19, 2017, the morning after Richard Rojas crashed his car into a a crowd of pedestrians in New York's Times Square killing one and injuring 22 people. A US Navy veteran who plowed a car into pedestrians in New York's Times Square, killing a woman and injuring 22 other people, has been charged with murder and attempted murder, police said Friday. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
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Thomas Elsman, the New York Post reported, drove overnight with his son from their Portage, Mich., home and was so distraught that he went to the police precinct where Rojas was being held and threatened to kill him.

Elsman had to be taken to a nearby hospital to be calmed down.

After that, he spoke with Fox 5 News and poured out his heart over the first born child he lost and the 13-year-old daughter who needed surgery for a fractured pelvis, broken leg and collapsed lung.

"Numb. There's no words. I want to scream," he said. "My first born daughter is gone. My heart died in New York yesterday."

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"If it was an accident I would forgive," he continued. "The fact that I found out he was on drugs, and then also today in court said, 'I wanted to kill everyone,' and he wanted to go suicide-by-cop, that's intent. He knew what he was doing, and I don't care what happens to him."

Elsman said he could watch Rojas walk right into traffic, get hit and wouldn't shed a tear.

He said his daughter Alyssa was an "angel" who "never hurt anybody."

For his horrific crimes, Rojas faces charges of second-degree murder, 20 counts of attempted murder and one count of aggravated vehicular homicide.

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