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Forbidden Planet NYC regular killed in random attack

jeffrey babbittTwo to three times a week for more than a decade, Jeffrey Babbitt made the trip from his home in Brooklyn to Forbidden Planet in Manhattan to buy comics or to simply talk with the staff. But then last Wednesday, while on his regular pilgrimage, the 62-year-old retired train conductor was attacked in Union Square, just blocks from the store, and struck his head on the pavement. Babbitt was taken to Bellevue Hospital Center, where The New York Times reports he was eventually declared brain dead and passed away Monday morning.

According to the newspaper, the attack was apparently random, from an assailant who proclaimed he would “punch the first white man I see.” Police arrested 40-year-old Lashawn Marten, who allegedly also struck two men who tried to help Babbitt. Marten was charged with three counts of assault; in the wake of Babbitt’s death, those will most likely be upgraded.

The longtime comics fan, who cared for his 94-year-old mother Lucille, was by all accounts the kind of person everyone liked. Forbidden Planet manager Jeff Ayers described Babbitt to the newspaper as “just a really, really, really sweet guy.” He visited Babbitt at the hospital, where Lucille sat part of the time at her son’s bedside.

The store’s employees are said to be deeply affected by Babbitt’s death, and are now worried about the welfare of his mother. They plan to establish a fund to help with her care.

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Horrible, horrible news. Seemed like such a nice guy as well. Great to see his local store doing what they can to help in his personal matters. R.I.P.

RIP Mr Babbitt. So very sad and more senseless bloodshed. I give the local comic store alot of credit for their show of sincere generosity and concern towards this man’s mom in her time of sorrow and affliction.

“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” James 1:27

May everyone affected by this tragedy have strength in overcoming it.

Just saw something about this on CNN :/

Such a sad, sad event. So senseless. Hopefully they can sentence the psychopath attacker to death or, at the very least, multiple life sentences in prison. Such a tragedy.

Random attack? True, but “hate crime” would have been a more accurate description of the incident.

@ Scott, New York State does not have the death penalty, and a life sentence is just that. A life sentence. The only way you leave is to die. A life sentence without parole is what the DA would go for.

You don’t get life for manslaughter.

Another brutal attack on a white person by a black racist that the MSM won’t make a fuss about.

@Mo: what’s a MSM? Not make a fuss about? This terrible senseless attack happened in New York and I’m reading about it in Northern California.

Damn ran into him a couple of times over the years, and Mr. Babbitt helped me with comic selections on those occasions. Not the type of story/incident anyone needs to experience firsthand but heart goes out to his mother and friends.

Yet another sorrowful reminder that hate never leads to anything positive….

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