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Actor And Playwright Stabbed To Death In Front Of Wife (Photos)

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A man was reportedly stabbed to death near his home in Brooklyn, New York, as his wife watched in horror.

George Carroll and his wife, Christina, were walking home from a bar around 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 18 when they came across two men.

"They said: 'What are you looking at?' And [George] said: 'I am looking at you,'" Christina told WPIX.

Moments later the men attacked George with a knife, stabbing him in the chest and leaving him to die on the sidewalk.

"I think it’s nothing, [but] these guys cross over and it happened so fast," Christina told the New York Daily News. "This young lady that was with them said: 'What's happening?' And I immediately just called the cops."

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George was rushed to a local hospital, where he died of his injuries.

Witness Kevin Tineo said George struggled with the two men before the knife came out, punching one of them in the face and throwing his cellphone at the other.

"At first I'm thinking maybe they're just going to rough him up a little bit and then leave," he said. "Everything just escalated really, really fast. They started chasing him like they were hunting him down ... That’s when his wife was like screaming in a panic."

"I just saw a lot of blood on him, on his shirt and his legs," Tineo continued. "And then he bent over just a little bit, and it just opened up, started gushing out blood, like if you turned the bathtub faucet on."

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Another witness said George's attackers were screaming as they chased after him and "seemed crazy."

"It was not a normal reaction to something like that," she told the New York Daily News. "I didn't know what was going on. It was very disturbing."

The suspects fled the scene in a black Lincoln SUV and remain at large. Police are poring over surveillance video from the area in hopes of identifying them.

The attack took place just one block from the Carrolls' Greenpoint home. The couple had moved there in February because they felt their old neighborhood, Cypress Hills, wasn't safe enough.

"We weren't sure we would like Greenpoint, but we loved it," Christina said, adding: "If anyone sees or knows anything, even if it's insignificant -- [if] you were at the restaurant with your friends, because there's a restaurant there, and people were out and about, or you were in the park walking your dog, just call the 94th Precinct."

George was a devout Catholic from Texas who moved to New York City to study acting in 2001. He had appeared in some independent films and was also a playwright.

In 2004 he met Christina; the couple married in Texas in December 2012.

Christina said she still hasn't come to terms with the fact that her husband was murdered.

"I can't believe we are talking about him in the past tense," she told the New York Daily News. "It's still not registering. The officers yesterday were saying: 'Sorry for your loss.' And I was like: 'What are they talking about?' I keep thinking I'll go back inside and talk to George."

She has since set up a GoFundMe page to help cover funeral expenses. The campaign has raised over $16,000 since Aug. 20.

Sources: WPIX, New York Daily News, GoFundMe / Featured Image: Tex Texin/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: GoFundMe, Gardiner Anderson/New York Daily News

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