“We’re asking the public’s help in solving this disgusting and disgraceful offense committed against a vulnerable, elderly female who was doing nothing but walking down the streets of NYC.”
Barbara Maier Gustern was a well-known Broadway singing coach who taught some very famous singers over the years. Last week, she was shoved to the ground outside her New York City apartment in a seemingly random attack.
This week, she died as a result of her injuries. She was 87 years old.
Ben Yakas writes at Gothamist:
Beloved Broadway singing coach dies after hard shove in Manhattan
Barbara Maier Gustern, a celebrated Broadway singing coach who worked with the likes of Debbie Harry, Justin Vivian Bond and Taylor Mac, has died after being shoved to the ground in Manhattan last week. She was 87.
“Today, at 11:15 a.m., we have lost one of the brightest little flames to ever grace this world,” her family wrote on Facebook. “I ask that you all give me a little time and space, but I want to make time for anyone and everyone who wants to know more about her final moments.”
During a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, Chief of Detectives James Essig called it an unprovoked and senseless attack.
“A short time ago today, [Gustern] died from her injuries,” he said. “We’re asking the public’s help in solving this disgusting and disgraceful offense committed against a vulnerable, elderly female who was doing nothing but walking down the streets of NYC.”
The attack occurred just before 8:30 p.m. on March 10 as Gustern was walking near West 28th Street between 8th and 9th avenues, close to her apartment in Chelsea. Police told Gothamist that a female suspect shoved Gustern to the ground where she hit her head, then fled the scene.
People are searching for the attacker:
Barbara Maier Gustern has died from her injuries. The person who did this needs to be found and prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Please come forward should you have any information about this case. pic.twitter.com/np9W5ilAF2
— Erik Bottcher (@ebottcher) March 16, 2022
Murderer of Barbara Gustern: Close Face
Circulating new photo of attacker of Barbara Maier Gustern. pic.twitter.com/SXEw14fMBK
— Diamanda Galás (@diamanda_galas) March 17, 2022
Police looking for this woman for allegedly shoving vocal coach, 87-yr-old Barbara Maier Gustern to the ground Thursday night in Chelsea. She's in critical condition. A Facebook post from her grandson says even if she does recover, she won't be the same. @1010WINS @NYPDTips pic.twitter.com/6pKLF2mORj
— Samantha Liebman (@SamiLiebman) March 14, 2022
The New York Post has more:
Voice coach Barbara Maier Gustern, 87, dies of injuries from unprovoked NYC shove
Barbara Maier Gustern, the 87-year-old former voice coach critically hurt in a random shove attack in Chelsea last week, has died from her injuries, her family said Tuesday.
“Today, at 11:15AM, we have lost one of the brightest little flames to ever grace this world,” the family wrote on Gustern’s Facebook page.
“I ask that you all give me a little time and space, but I want to make time for anyone and everyone who wants to know more about her final moments,” the post said.
These random attacks keep happening in New York City and people are dying as a result.
It’s time to start locking up the lunatics who are doing it.
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