Freelance photojournalist beaten in racially charged assault dies after 6 months in coma

October 22, 2018

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In a story that much of the media has failed to report on, a freelance photojournalist who was brutally assaulted in what police say was a racially charged crime has died.

Fifty-six-year-old Jerry Wolkowitz, a white man and the son of two Holocaust survivors, was walking near his New Jersey apartment on May 1 when police say he was beaten by 26-year-old Jamil S. Hubbard, who is black, in what authorities have labeled as a racially motivated hate crime. Wolkowitz died on Thursday after spending six months in a coma — but none of the national media outlets have covered his story.

Hate crime

According to reports, Hubbard is accused of hitting Wolkowitz from behind and beating him nearly to death before stealing Wolkowitz’s car and fleeing the scene.

Police found Wolkowitz’s vehicle at Hubbard’s home in Sayreville, NJ, where Hubbard was arrested and charged with charged with “attempted murder, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and bias intimidation. A grand jury later added charges of armed robbery, eluding and theft,” according to the Asbury Park Press, a publication that frequently worked with Wolkowitz.

Hubbard later told police that “he chose [Wolkowitz] because he was a white man,” according to a September statement from assistant Monmouth County prosecutor Keri-Leigh Schaefer. The men reportedly had never met before.

Hubbard has remained in police custody since his initial arrest. It is unclear whether additional charges will be added in light of Wolkowitz’s recent death.

Remembering a life

Friends and family of Wolkowitz have looked back on the journalist’s life with admiration. According to loved ones, Wolkowitz was an EMT and a first aid volunteer who “spent his life dedicated to helping others.”

“Jerry is the type of person that would be more than happy helping other people than he would be worrying about himself,” close friend Eddie Parze told the Asbury Park Press in May.

Parze added that his friend was “the type of person who would go out of his way for others, [and] wouldn’t expect anything in return.”

Wolkowitz’s family set up a GoFundMe page in June that was meant to help cover the journalist’s medical and legal costs. According to the Asbury Park Press, the over $17,000 that was raised of a $25,000 goal will now go toward expenses for his funeral, which will be held on Friday.

Sadly, most of the world hasn’t heard Wolkowitz’s story. His death, which was caused by the prejudice of his attacker, was not reported on by any mainstream media outlets.

The left just doesn’t seem to care about true hate crimes when they don’t fit their biased narrative. What a shame.


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Robert Ayers

Robert Ayers is a writer for Conservative Institute. He has a Bachelor’s degree from Quinnipiac University and a JD from the University of Connecticut.