Maria Ambrocio, of New Jersey, has been identified as the victim who died after being attacked by a man in Times Square on Friday 8 October 2021.
Jermaine Foster, 26, has been charged with murder in the second degree after being involved in the death of 58-year-old Maria Ambrocio from Bayonne.
Prior to Maria’s death, Foster had been charged with robbery and assault after authorities say he stole a cellphone and breaking into an apartment.
Maria Cruz, Ambrocio’s best friend said, “I’m more than heartbroken.”
“We travel together, we work together, we have fun together,” she added.
The lifelong friends, both nurses, were in Times Square on Friday when police say Foster, who had just stolen a cellphone, knocked down Ambrocio. She went down hard.
For more than 24 hours, the 58-year-old nurse fought hard for her life.
“I heard a big thud…and when I looked down, I saw her crying,” Cruz recalled.
Ambrocio’s family was devastated and is also having an unimaginably tough time saying goodbye to such a strong, inspirational woman, but they want the man who caused all of this to pay.
Local leaders are asking why Foster – who police say is homeless – was on the streets in the first place and not getting the help he needed.
The Philippine Consulate General of New York released a statement calling for more police protection for the Asian community and mental health resources for the homeless.