New York City mayor Eric Adams made a recommitment on Tuesday night to do his best that the deadly subway shoving incident that killed Michelle Go will not happen again.
Adams made the vow in front of hundreds of people gathered in Times Square for a mass vigil in memory of random Go.
“We must ensure that we have a plan of intervention and prevention,” Adams said in addressing those suffering from mental illness on the subway system.
“My deployment of law enforcement officers with mental health professionals to identify those that are in need and give them the services immediately is what we must do right now,” Adams added.
Sources said Martial Simon, the 61-year-old homeless man charged with Go’s death, was schizophrenic and had been in and out of mental hospitals for 20 years.
Go was waiting for a train around 9:40 a.m. when she was shoved to her death by Simon.
Kim Garnett, one of Go’s friends and coworkers at the powerhouse consulting firm Deloitte said the victim is a true New Yorker who embraced the culture of the Big Apple.
“She loved New York. We would talk about it in the pandemic that we would rather be nowhere else,’’ Garnett said.
Another friend, Rakesh Duggal remembers Go as someone who loves to travel.
“She loved to travel … We must have done a dozen trips together,” Duggal recalled.
“Wherever we went, Michelle always had a plan and it was often accompanied by a spreadsheet and all of the reservations,” Duggal added.
Jae McGuire, 40, of Woodside, Queens, called Go’s death “senseless violence.
“She didn’t even see her attacker. She’s standing there waiting for the train like me and what I do every day,’’ McGuire said.
“This could happen to me or any of my friends,’’ McGuire added.
According to reports, the vigil, held at the Red Steps in the Crossroads of the World and organized by Asians Fighting Injustice.
Group founder Ben Wei said the group is demanding that City Hall set up an Asian-American task force to address ongoing concerns over anti-Asian violence.
Wei added that he also wants the city to address the mental-health crisis in the city.