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College hoops coach threw punch killing NYC tourist

College hoops coach threw punch killing NYC tourist

This photo from November 28, 2017, shows Wake Forest assistant coach Jamill Jones, second from left, with the team and head coach Danny Manning, second from right, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Winston-Salem, N.C. Police say Jones threw a punch that killed a New York City tourist who knocked on his auto window thinking it was his Uber ride. He turned himself into authorities on Thursday.

The Daily News and WPIX quoted police officials as saying that Jones punched 35-year-old Sandor Szabo, a Florida resident, in the head during an altercation in the Queens area of Long Island City last Sunday.

He was taken to a hospital and died on Tuesday.

Police say Jones confronted Sandor Szabo on a Queens street around 1:15 a.m. Sunday.

Wake Forest University officials tell WFMY News 2 they will release a statement later this evening. His family said he was in town for his brother's wedding and trying to get a ride at the time of the incident. Jones was released on his own recognizance and was ordered to return to court on October 2. The coach's next court appearance is scheduled for October 2, the Queens District Attorney's office said.

CNN was attempting to reach an attorney for Jones on Thursday night.

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Wake Forest assistant coach Jamill Jones was arrested Thursday and charged with assault.

Jones, an assistant basketball coach at Wake Forest University, punched Szabo in the face, police said.

Szabo was "super outgoing, friendly, and an incredibly smart businessman", his digital marketing company, What If Media Group, wrote in a Facebook post.

His family said the marketing professional was leaving the hotel where his brother was staying and called for a auto to go back to his own hotel. "He was a really good person".

"His attractive spirit and his love of life will remain with us", the company said in the Facebook post.

"We're going to say one thing and that's all".


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