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Domingo Tapia (pictured) died this week. Photo obtained June 16, 2017.
Domingo Tapia (pictured) died this week. Photo obtained June 16, 2017.
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A Brooklyn fruit stand manager died after nearly seven years in a coma that resulted from being sucker-punched while riding his bicycle through Bedford-Stuyvesant in 2017, his family said Wednesday.

had been hospitalized and unresponsive since he was clocked in the face while riding from his grocery store job along Fulton St. in June 2017.

He suffered a fractured skull and was put in a medically-induced coma.

“The kids have still not been able to understand the situation fully,” the victim’s wife Esther Diaz told the Daily News on Wednesday, a day after the man’s death.

Domingo Tapia is pictured in the hospital after the incident in 2017 (left) and most recently before his death on Tuesday, March 12, 2024. (Courtesy of Jaime Gonzalez)
Domingo Tapia is pictured in the hospital after the incident in 2017 (left) and most recently before his death on Tuesday. (Courtesy of Jaime Gonzalez)

“Thanks to him, my kids don’t have someone to support them … to support the family,” the 40-year-old widow said of the attacker.

Tapia’s hospitalization forced Diaz to raise their boys without a father while working overtime to make up for the loss of income, she said.

She added that she wants to see Tapia’s attacker, Gary Anderson, charged with murder.

“We woke up and our mom says that our dad didn’t make it,” Tapia’s 13-year-old son told NBC News through a translator. The boy was just 7 when his father was attacked.

Anderson was convicted of felony assault in the case and sentenced to three years in prison. Authorities said he was back on the street six months later.

Gary Anderson leaves court Wednesday, June 28, 2017, in Brooklyn, New York. Anderson is accused of randomly of punching Domingo Tapia. (Barry Williams for ϲʿֱ)
Gary Anderson leaves court on June 28, 2017 in Brooklyn. (Barry Williams for ϲʿֱ)

But Tapia’s death could trigger homicide charges against Anderson, officials said.

Police say the medical examiner has to determine a cause of death, a step needed before they can potentially pursue murder charges against Anderson just to be completely sure that he died as a result of his injuries in the 2017 punch.

Domingo Tapia (left) was punched wile riding a bike in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn, NY. He's pictured here with his wife Esther Diaz in an undated photo.
Domingo Tapia (left) was punched wile riding a bike in Brooklyn. He’s pictured here with his wife Esther Diaz in an undated photo.

Cops would then bring the findings to the Brooklyn district attorney, who would decide whether or not to pursue charges.

“We offer our condolences to Mr. Tapia’s loved ones,” said a spokeswoman for Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez. “We are reviewing the matter.”

Pictured here in front of their Ralph Ave home, is, Esther Diaz (wife of Domingo Tapia), and Jose Tapia, 5, and Pedro Tapia, 7, (sons of Domingo Tapia) with Superheros, the Black Widow and Robin. Both police officers. This picture was made on 12/14/17.(Sam Costanza for ϲʿֱ)
Pictured here in front of their Ralph Ave. home is Esther Diaz, wife of Domingo Tapia (back-center), Jose Tapia (front-right) and Pedro Tapia (front-left), sons of Domingo Tapia, with NYPD police officers dressed as superheroes on Dec. 14, 2017. (Sam Costanza for ϲʿֱ)

Police initially believed Tapia was the victim of a hit-and-run driver. But a video viewed later by cops captured the shocking assault as the family man rode his bicycle along the street.

Tapia’s survivors are applying with the Mexican consulate for financial aid to help pay for his funeral, his wife said.

Diaz said her younger child developed emotional issues after the attack on his dad, which came when he was just 7.

“He was always sleeping. He was always tired. He can’t play like other kids or do anything exciting because it was found that he had a disease called heart murmur,” she said.

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