Crime

New York Grandmother Dies Following Sucker Punch (Video)

| by Erik Kindel

Eve Gentillon, 69, a Queens, New York, grandmother who was knocked out by an ex-con fleeing the scene of a petty robbery, passed away on Feb. 17.

The church-going retired home health aide died about four months after she was viciously attacked. The incident was captured on the store's security cameras (video below).

On Oct. 15, 2016, Eve was assaulted by career criminal Richard "Kwasi" Springer, 29, after he attempted to take a can of beer without paying the full price.

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Springer was confronted by the New York bodega's employees, and a scuffle ensued.

As Springer left, he lashed out at the nearest person, which happened to be Eve.

"As soon as I saw that punch, I kind of fell back," said Eve's devastated daughter, Marie Gentillon, describing the distressing footage to the New York Post. "She was bleeding from her nose and mouth."

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The footage shows Eve fall to the concrete sidewalk hard and stay down as Springer walks away.

"This incident crippled her to the last minute," said Marie, who stayed at her mother's bedside until the very end. "When she had her eyes open, she always looked like she was in a daze. ... When you said, 'Eve,' she would open her eyes. She would cry often too."

The initial blow caused Eve to suffer a brain aneurysm. Though she stabilized after surgery, she never came close to recovering. The Medical Examiner has ruled her cause of death as traumatic brain injury resulting from blunt force trauma.

Springer is currently held in an upstate New York psych ward. He was captured nearly two weeks after the initial assault. He was arrested 10 times prior for assault, larceny and robbery.

Eve's case has been reclassified as a homicide. Springer is being held without bail.

"My mom was part of my body. He definitely handicapped me," said Marie, adding that she will never be the same.

Eve was on her way to meet up with other church congregates when she was attacked. Now, her family is planning a funeral for the much-loved grandmother.

Sources: New York Post (2), Daily Mail / Photo credit: Daily Mail, New York Post, NYPD via New York Post

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