A single punch in Sunnyside has wrecked a family an ocean away, said the grieving mom of a young man killed in a bar brawl last month.
In her first interview, Colleen McGee said Saturday her son, John “Danny” McGee, 21, had planned to meet her in the airport this Christmas with a big sign reading “Welcome to New York, Mom.”
“How can I come to New York when Danny won’t be there with the big sign,” she said in a phone interview from Ireland. “I can’t go through Kennedy Airport without him. I couldn’t walk through the airport without seeing him holding up that sign.”
Her son, a former Gaelic football player, died from blunt force trauma to the head after he was punched during an argument outside The Gaslight on Thanksgiving day, cops said.
“For the rest of my life there will be a hole in my heart and my family’s that will never be filled,” she said.
Now, the victim’s uncle, a retired FDNY lieutenant, is planning to bring his family back to Ireland for the holidays.
“I told her anything I can ever do for you, I will do. She is hurting. My sister is hurting,” said Timothy Murphy.
Authorities have charged an Irishman, Steve O’Brien, 25, with assault in connection with McGee’s death.
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