On Monday, a social justice activist was stabbed to death in the street in Brooklyn — while on the same day in Philadelphia, a leftist journalist was murdered inside his home.
Ryan Carson, 32, was reportedly stabbed around 4 a.m. while standing at a bus stop with his girlfriend in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. The apparently random and unprovoked attack occurred at Lafayette Avenue and Malcolm X Boulevard — where the suspect approached Carson and his girlfriend and stabbed him in the chest multiple times after asking: “What are you looking at?”
GRAPHIC WARNING: NY Post obtains and releases video showing fatal stabbing of Leftist activist Ryan Carson in front of girlfriend on NYC street late-night after wedding
1. Always carry a gun
2. Always keep distance between yourself and a potential threat
Such a senseless… pic.twitter.com/tpNyaJk2Ke
— DC_Draino (@DC_Draino) October 3, 2023
Carson was later pronounced dead after being transported to Kings County Hospital. No suspects have been arrested thus far, and police say that the investigation is ongoing.
New York State Assembly Member Emily Gallager spoke out about the murder in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter — noting that she was “absolutely in disbelief.”
“Ryan was the kindest, funniest, and hardest working man in advocacy. He and I bonded because our friends died in the opioid epidemic, & we struggled to make good out of our grief. He put his whole heart into making the world a safer place for all people,” Gallagher wrote.
Ryan was the kindest, funniest, and hardest working man in advocacy. He and I bonded because our friends died in the opioid epidemic, & we struggled to make good out of our grief. He put his whole heart into making the world a safer place for all people. pic.twitter.com/sZX6ek1ydd
— Emily Gallagher (@EmilyAssembly) October 2, 2023
Carson, a government advocate known for his work on drug overdose prevention and environmental recycling efforts, was working as a campaign manager with the New York Public Interest Research Group at the time of his death. His work involved an effort to recycle discarded bottles and cans, as well as solid waste management.
“It’s incredibly tragic – a life full of promise is snuffed out – and the world is a worse place for it and we’ll miss him dearly,” Blair Horner, Carson’s boss at the organization, wrote in a statement to ABC 7 NY.
Carson also lobbied for “safe injection” drug sites back in 2021, which allowed drug addicts to take illegal substances under supervision. His lobbying involved walking 350 miles from New York City to Albany to pressure then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) to legalize “safe injection” sites.
According to the Daily Wire, Carson’s efforts partially succeeded because “Later that year, New York City became the first city to allow supervised drug consumption sites. In the first three months, the city’s two locations in upper Manhattan reportedly saw about 800 people who made 9,500 visits. Staff claim they have prevented more than 1,000 overdoses since the sites opened. However, at one point, two regulars of the sites died when they overdosed elsewhere while the sites were closed at night.”
On the same day that Carson was murdered, Philadelphia journalist Josh Kruger was shot and killed in his home.
Breaking: Leftist journalist and activist Josh Kruger @JoshKrugerPHL has been tragically shot dead at his Philadelphia home. Kruger has long downplayed gun violence in his city and publicly chastised others who spoke about it. pic.twitter.com/pcl5c4Z1Y8
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) October 2, 2023
The 39-year-old leftist journalist was also a drug addiction advocate — and police say that his death may have been drug-related or related to a domestic dispute, as investigators discovered methamphetamine in his bedroom. Kruger was found in the street outside of his home after being shot seven times in the chest and abdomen at around 1:30 a.m. According to police, Kruger may have exited his home in Philadelphia’s Point Breeze neighborhood after he was shot in an effort to seek help.
No arrests were made immediately after the murder, and no weapon has been found. However, police have reportedly identified a person of interest in the case.
Kruger was killed just three days after mocking conservative artist Scott Adams and others for expressing concern about the rise of crime and violence in the U.S. under President Joe Biden.