The sister of a Goldman Sachs researcher fatally shot in a subway on her way to a Sunday brunch said her brother was a graduate of New York University, a selfless humanitarian and steadfast loyal to family and friends.
Griselda Vile, 43, devastated by the murder of her older brother Daniel Enriquez in a cold-blooded ambush, told the Daily News the killing was both meaningless and incomprehensible.
“How did we become a statistic?” she moaned. “Being shot in the chest and dying alone is everyone’s worst nightmare. There are so many other families in New York going through this right now.”
Enriquez, 48 – on his way home from Brooklyn to meet friends for brunch, his sister said – was sitting in the last car of a Q-train to Manhattan when gunfire erupted around 11:45 a.m., police said.
Enriquez was rushed to Bellevue Hospital, but he could not be rescued.
According to his sister, Enriquez worked as a research assistant for Goldman Sachs, but his true passion was for the arts – working to sponsor artists in any way he could.
“He helped a lot of aspiring directors, filmmakers, painters and sculptors, it’s just him who is himself,” Vile said. “When people fell in hard times, he would help them.”
As she fought back the tears, Vile remembered countless times that he put money up for vacations, dinners, clothes and art supplies for friends and family.
“My brother would give his shirt off his back to his friends,” Vile said. “He was a loyal, loyal person. He loved life so much.”
Vile said she heard about her big brother’s murder while she and her husband and their two young children ate pizza and watched a new Marvel superhero movie.
“They are crushed,” Vile said of his little ones. “They are in shock. For them to be so small and hear that he was murdered cold-blooded …” she said as her voice slid.
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“Maybe he slept, maybe he listened to music,” Vile said of his brother. “But this person had no heart, no soul. This was pure evil.”
As the broken sister tried to understand the killing, she asked Mayor Adams to address a sharp rise in violent crime in transit.
So far this year, the world’s largest metro system has seen 15 casualties. There were none in the same period in 2021.
“Stop talking about the environment and your diet when your own citizens die on a day they should be with their families,” Vile said. “I hope they really do justice to killing a New Yorker, because if they do nothing, everyone will be afraid to take the subway.”
Enriquez is survived by three sisters, a brother and his partner Adam Pollack.
“I want people to know he was one of the smartest people I know he would try so hard to be in his family’s life,” Vile said. “He was jovial, generous. He does no harm. He is a good man.”