(NY DAILY NEWS) – A 20-year-old man has died after being beaten into a coma by a crew of four crooks, two of them teenagers, on a Queens street, police said Wednesday.
John Martinez was punched in the head and thrown to the ground on 115th St. near 95th Ave. in Richmond Hill about 11:35 a.m. May 25. His four assailants snatched his wallet and cellphone and ran off.
Cops found Martinez lying in a pool of blood about 10 minutes later. Medics took him to Jamaica Hospital with bleeding and swelling on the brain and a broken vertebra, according to court papers. Doctors performed surgery to relieve pressure on his brain, but they could not bring back Martinez’s brain function.
After clinging to life in a coma for a little over a week, Martinez, who lived in East New York, Brooklyn, died June 4, cops said.
Friends shocked by his death flooded social media with memories of Martinez.
“He was a good friend and person who deserve better,” heartbroken pal Shaq Simms wrote.
Martinez’s mom was too distraught to speak to a reporter Wednesday.