The Friday night killing of a 42-year-old man on a Greenpoint street shocked the neighborhood. A neighbor lamented to the Daily News, "This stuff has to stop. This is his blood pouring down the street in this water. This is a peaceful neighborhood, this is a peaceful city, and we have to stop hurting each other."
Around 9:30 p.m. on August 18, George Carroll and his wife, Christina Romero Carroll, had been walking on Monitor Street, across from McGolrick Park, when they got into a confrontation with a group sitting on a stoop of P.S. 110. She told reporters that the group said "basically 'what are you looking at?' That was that was it. And my husband, he's a Texan, he's like 'I'm...looking.'"
Then, according to the Post, she recalled, "[T]hey got into it. They were chasing him. My husband ran. He threw his phone at them to try to defend himself. It was just so quick ... There was so much blood."
Carroll, an actor, was stabbed in the chest. A witness described to the Daily News, "[H]e bent over just a little bit, and it just opened up — started gushing out blood, like if you turned the bathtub faucet on.” Carroll died at Woodhull Hospital.
"It’s still not registering," Romero Carroll added. "We had just seen an apartment — we were going to see two more apartments today. I can’t believe we’re talking about him in the past."
Police are still investigating the incident, and nearby residents told reporters that this part of the park was dangerous. A neighbor who remained off camera said to PIX11, "Everyone knows not to come to this corner of the park. For the past two years, there've been muggings and shootings here."
Another said to the Post that kids "like to go and cause trouble. There are always fights here ... They beat up a young kid, stuffed him in the garbage. They broke someone’s jaw."
Romero Carroll said that they moved to Greenpoint from Cypress Hills because the neighborhood seemed safer. She put together a GoFundMe to raise money for his funeral:
My husband George was a victim of a random act of violence and his death was unexpected.
George was a playwright and actor who loved deeply and passionately, He was fiercely loyal, and stood up for what was right. His faith was his true north and he attended Mass daily.
I love him, I'm in shock, this doesn't feel real...every time I hear a bike chime I turn around to see if it's him.
I'm asking for your help because I'd like to respect my husband's wishes for his wake and burial.
All I know for sure is that my heart is shattered and that I love him.
If you can, please help with whatever you can BUT more importantly he'd want you to pray for his soul.
Mrs Christina Romero Carroll
, Romero Carroll said, "What was the most important for [George] was getting into heaven. That was his most important."