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A New York City social justice activist and his girlfriend were dressed to the nines and on their way home from a wedding in Long Island early Monday morning when a deranged man ambushed them, slaughtered the activist, spit into the aggrieved woman's face, then fled the scene.
Extra to documenting the horrific incident, surveillance footage has provided police with a clear image of the suspect, who remains at large.
The footage shows Ryan Carson, 32, and his girlfriend — allegedly BLM activist Claudia Morales, named in a leftist's GoFundMe campaign linked to Carson's death — seated at a bus stop bench near Malcolm X Blvd. near Lafayette Ave. in Brooklyn, according to the New York Daily News.
The suspect can be seen walking past the couple around 3:50 a.m., ostensibly without exchanging any words. Carson and his girlfriend stand up shortly thereafter and begin walking in the same direction.
Things take a turn for the worst when the suspect, who had begun kicking over parked scooters for no apparent reason, says to Carson, "The f*** are you looking at? ... Imma kill you right now!"
Carson, who was 6' 4", backs up, repeatedly telling the thug, "Chill, chill."
Despite Carson's attempts to create some distance with a straight arm, the thug manages to punch him in the face.
Gripping his jaw, Carson begins to run, tripping over the bus bench, while his girlfriend pleads with his attacker. Indifferent to the woman's pleas, the thug can be seen chasing Carson down and — in the uncensored footage — stabbing him in the chest repeatedly.
The thug spits in the face of Carson's girlfriend, kicks his mortally wounded victim, then flees the scene.
A woman appears toward the end of the footage, calling out what sounds like "Brian" and yelling, "I'm so sorry!"
The New York Post reported that investigators believe that the woman who apologized in the footage knew the attacker.
After calling 911, Morales, reportedly a past critic of the police, cradled Carson until first responders arrived. The Daily News noted that Morales hadn't immediately realized Carson had been stabbed, thinking he had only been punched.
Carson was taken to Kings County Hospital Center, but there was little to be done. Carson's heart had been pierced.
Carson originally moved to New York City from Massachusetts in 2010 to attend the Pratt Institute and ultimately became a senior solid waste campaign manager at the New York Public Interest Research Group.
The NYPIRG noted in a statement, "Ryan was a beloved staffer, colleague and friend, and a creative, talented, relentless and upbeat advocate for students and the environment."
Blair Horner, Carson's former boss at the NYPIRG, said, "It's incomprehensible. ... He was so young," reported WABC-TV.
"A life full of promise is snuffed out. And the world is a worse place for it, and we'll miss him dearly," added Horner.
City council members and other politicos offered their condolences, including New York Sen. Chuck Schumer (D), who called Carson a "rising talent and an extraordinary activist," and Mayor Eric Adams, who said Carson's "giving spirit was a buoy to all."
The Mayor's Management Report, released last month, revealed that overall felony crime this fiscal year is up 6% over 2022.
"Robbery increased by five percent, felonious assault increased by eight percent, and burglary increased two percent," says the report. "Grand larceny increased by five percent and grand larceny auto increased by 20 percent."
The New York Post indicated that the overall crime spike accounts for an over 35.6% jump over pre-pandemic times.
No arrests had been in the case of Carson's murder as of late Tuesday.
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Joseph MacKinnon is a staff writer for Blaze News.