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NYPD: Wake Forest Coach Arrested In Deadly Attack On Tourist

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A Wake Forest University assistant basketball coach has been charged in the death of a Florida man killed while visiting New York City for a wedding.

Jamill Jones, 35, of Kernerville, North Carolina, was arrested Thursday and charged with third-degree assault.

Wake Forest University issued a statement on Twitter, saying, “We have just been made aware of this matter and we are gathering information. We will make a further statement after we learn more about the matter.”

Statement from Wake Forest Athletics on Jamill Jones:

"We have just been made aware of this matter and we are gathering information.

"We will make a further statement after we learn more about the matter."

— Wake Forest Sports (@DemonDeacons) August 9, 2018

Police said 35-year-old Sandor Szabo was punched in the face Sunday on 29th Street near 41st Avenue in Long Island City, Queens. The blow was so hard, Szabo fell backwards, hitting his head on the concrete.

His family said the marketing professional was leaving the hotel where his brother was staying and called for a car to go back to his own hotel. The family believes he was knocking on car windows to check on his ride when he knocked on the suspects window.

The man exited a white SUV and punched Szabo, leaving him bleeding on the ground, police said. He was placed on life support and later died.

On Wednesday, the family sent a statement to CBS2 that read in part:

(Sandors) family and friends are overwhelmed, but not surprised, by the outpouring of love and support from the many people whose lives he touched; he did not know a stranger. He was kind, giving, loving and enjoyed life to the fullest. He will be missed but there is comfort knowing he will live on in the many lives he will save through organ donation with “Live On NY”.

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