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Prayer request: ‘Devout Catholic’ stabbed to death in front of his wife in Brooklyn

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 08/19/17

Words fail. The story: 

A 42-year-old man stabbed to death outside a Brooklyn park was killed by a complete stranger he had the misfortune of eyeballing on the street, police and the victim’s wife said Saturday. George Carroll was walking down Monitor St. near McGorlick Park in Greenpoint with his wife when he became embroiled in an argument with two men sitting on the steps of a school about 9:30 p.m. Friday, police sources said. The couple moved to Greenpoint in February and planned to build a life there. “We moved from Cypress Hills because it was too dangerous,” said his heartbroken wife Christina Romero Carroll, 41. “We weren’t sure we would like Greenpoint but we loved it.” “What are you looking at?” one of the men said as the duo stormed over and attacked Carroll, according to his wife.

The account in The New York Daily Newsadds:

Carroll, a devout Catholic, moved to New York in 2001 to study acting at the William Esper Studio and had recently been appearing in independent films. The couple married in 2012. “I can’t believe we are talking about him in the past tense … it’s still not registering,” Romero Carroll said. “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 added. “We were going to see two more apartments today.”

Pray for this man and his wife.

The Rev. Sean Suckiel, director of vocations for the Diocese of Brooklyn, was a friend of George Carroll. He posted this on his Facebook page this morning:

George would spend most of his week volunteering at the Carmelite Monastery in Brooklyn. He would be the daily altar server at Mass and in the afternoon would be seen around the Monastery working on projects for the sisters. George was always a phone call away when he was needed & never said “no” for an answer. He will be deeply missed by the Carmelite Nuns and the discerners who have passed through the doors of the House of Discernment. May the Angels lead you into Paradise and the Martyrs welcome you home! May God reward you for the good you have done for his Church and forgive you of all your iniquities.

UPDATE: His widow has established a Go Fund Me page to raise money for his funeral expenses. Check it out. 

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him…

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