Aunt of NYC straphanger fatally shoved in entrance of prepare begged him to cease taking subways: ‘I used to be petrified for him’

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Aunt of NYC straphanger fatally shoved in entrance of prepare begged him to cease taking subways: ‘I used to be petrified for him’

The aunt of the straphanger who was shoved in entrance of a prepare and killed in a random assault at an East Harlem station begged her nephew to cease taking subways days earlier than his dying, citing the uptick in violence underground.

Christine Conte, 70, shared the small print of her remaining telephone name with nephew Jason Volz, 55, outdoors a Manhattan courtroom after his alleged killer was indicted on Friday.

Conte mentioned she pleaded with Volz to not take the subway and as a substitute take a bus when he reached out on Saturday to inform her about how excited he was a couple of first date he had deliberate with a brand new gal pal.

“I heard all of the accidents occurring — I used to be petrified for him,” Conte mentioned, combating again tears.

“I anxious like loopy for him. I mentioned, ‘Jason, don’t go on the f’in trains, please.’ There’s so many killers.”

The variety of felony assaults within the transit system jumped 53% final yr from pre-pandemic instances, with 570 such assaults in 2023 in comparison with 373 in 2019, the most recent NYPD knowledge present.

Conte and her son waited in courtroom all Friday for the listening to for Carlton McPherson, 24, the accused killer who’s charged with shoving Volz in entrance of a subway prepare on the East one hundred and twenty fifth Road and Lexington Avenue station shortly earlier than 7 p.m. on Monday.

McPherson, who had household within the gallery, had his look waived by his lawyer. Prosecutors introduced they indicted the alleged subway pusher, whose household has mentioned suffers from bipolar dysfunction.

Conte’s son exchanged phrases with McPherson’s household outdoors the courtroom after his listening to — the place he could possibly be heard yelling “killer” directed at McPherson’s household.


Christine Conte, 70, shared the small print of her remaining telephone name with nephew Jason Volz, 55, outdoors a Manhattan courtroom after his alleged killer was indicted on Friday. Christine Conte

Volz’s aunt mentioned she wished to see McPherson for herself after being shut out from seeing her nephew’s physique.

“I simply wished to have a look at him. I simply wished to see his expression. I wished to see after they had been saying issues to him, how he was going to react. Was he going to smile? Was he going to make noises, speak, snigger,” Conte mentioned, referencing when McPherson flashed a sinister smile as he walked out of an East Harlem precinct earlier this week.

“I simply wished to see the curiosity. Excuse me — he f–king murdered my nephew. My f–king coronary heart is torn aside.”

Conte mentioned she’s haunted realizing Volz was pushed to his dying ready for a subway.


Christine Conte
Conte mentioned she pleaded with Volz to not take the subway and as a substitute take a bus when he reached out on Saturday to inform her about how excited he was a couple of first date he had deliberate with a brand new gal pal. Christine Conte

“It’s terrible that he needed to get pushed off like that. Terrible,” she mentioned.

She echoed what neighbors had mentioned about Volz, who described him as having a “very huge coronary heart” and being a “compassionate” individual.

McPherson can be arraigned at his subsequent courtroom date on April 15 on homicide prices.


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