Cops: Man hurt in Central Islip fight dies
A 50-year-old man critically hurt in a street fight with his neighbors in Central Islip over the weekend has died, Suffolk County police said Tuesday.
Police responding to a report of a fight on Peach Street on Saturday night discovered Luis Gonzalez, of Central Islip, unconscious with a head injury.
"Words were exchanged. That led to a physical altercation that involved an unknown number of people," said Detective Lt. Jack Fitzpatrick, who leads the Suffolk Homicide Squad.
"At the end of that altercation, Mr. Gonzalez was found unconscious on the street with a head injury, and we're investigating," Fitzpatrick said.
There have been no arrests.
Fitzpatrick said there were "ongoing bad feelings" between the Gonzalez family and neighbors who live across the street, but did not discuss specifics.
Gonzalez was admitted to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore in critical condition and died Tuesday of injuries sustained in the fight, police said.
His son, Jonathan, 28, who was hit in the head with a bottle, was treated and released on Saturday.
"It really seems like something in a movie, something you would see in 'Gangs of New York.' " said his daughter, Janelle, 26, who witnessed the fight.
Her father, she said, an electrician and member of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1049, was one of the lineman who helped restore power after superstorm Sandy. He was more than 6 feet tall and weighed about 240 pounds, she said.
"He was a hardworking person; he would give his right arm for anybody who needed it," she said.
She added: "We were raised right, to respect your elders, and live by the golden rule."
Police said Homicide Squad detectives "are continuing the investigation."
Anyone with information about this case can call the Homicide Squad at 631-852-6392 or Crime Stoppers at 800-220-TIPS.