Randy Gener (credit: Facebook)Randy Gener (credit: Facebook)
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Family and friends of an openly gay journalist savagely beaten in Midtown earlier this month held a vigil Sunday night and are asking for the public’s help to track down his attacker.
As WCBS 880’s Monica Miller reported, Randy Gener — an award-winning arts journalist who has worked for the New York Daily News, The New York Times, the Village Voice and NPR — was on his way home from a party near West 54th Street and Seventh Avenue in the early hours of Jan. 17 when he was attacked and left in a pool of his own blood.
His friend, Liz Casasola, said no one knows who might be responsible for the beating. She said the assailant or assailants did not steal Gener’s wallet.
“He’s always there for everyone in the theater and Filipino community, it’s hard to picture it happening to someone like him,” she said.
Gener, 45, has undergone brain surgery at St. Luke’s Hospital since the attack and is scheduled to have another.
“He’s coming in and out of consciousness, and he is not quite aware of what’s going on,” Casasola said.