NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – The lower east side community came together Saturday night to remember a Pratt Institute professor who was also known for her charity work.
WCBS 880′s Ginny Kosola reports: Monica Shay Remembered For Her Community Activism
John Penley, who was involved in community issues with Shay, says people she helped at Tompkins Square Park in the days of the homeless “tent city” came together to remember her.
“She was a great organizer and she really cared about people,” said Penley. ”She kind of adopted some of the homeless people, the younger people, as a kind of surrogate mom.”
Pratt will be holding a memorial for Shay at a later date. In a statement, she is remembered as an “esteemed educator” and “inspiring leader.”
Shay’s nephew and his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son were also killed. Shay’s husband Paul is still hospitalized. The suspected gunman was shot and killed by police.