New York City — Members of the Filipino community in New York are asking the public to step up any information to aid the NY police who are currently probing the assault of theater journalist Randy Gener. The young multi-talented writer, actor, director, and teacher is now fighting for his life in a local hospital.
Anyone with more information is asked to come forward, and provide information to active case file #485, under Detective Ervis at the 18th Precinct at (212) 767-8400.
Gener was attacked on January 17, before 4 o’clock in the morning after leaving a party in midtown Manhattan. He was found in the vicinity of 7th Avenue, near 54th and 55th Streets. He is said to have suffered severe head trauma, for which he went through surgery and is currently in a neuro ICU.
The Gener family believes that he could be a victim of hate crime, because nothing was taken from his possession.
A member of the Catholic Church has expressed alarm over the case of Gener, and asked authorities for swift justice. “We cannot allow a Filipino member of the LGBT to be a victim of hate. Let’s bring the perpetrators to justice,” Fr. Julian Jagudilla, Parochial Vicar of the Church of St. Francis of Assisi and director of the Migrant Center at the Church of St. Francis of Assisi told members of the Filipino American Press Club of New York.
The Philippine Consulate has directly contacted the NYPD to follow-up on the investigation on the Gener assault. A prayer vigil will be held on Sunday, January 26 at the Philippine Center on 5th Avenue at 6 o’clock in the evening.
OSM! online magazine had featured Gener in a cultural event dubbed as Linggo ng Wika held at the Philippine Consulate in Manhattan where he delivered poems by renowned Filipino poets as well as his own compositions.
Gener is an editor, social media expert, accomplished writer and critical thinker with 10 years of experience leading, directing, managing and editing news, features and narrative content for print publications, new media and interactive digital projects. He has reported and written for National Public Radio, New York Times, Star Ledger, Village Voice, New York Daily News, Crain’s New York Business, International Herald Tribune, Time Out New York, New York Magazine, Film Society of Lincoln Center, and others in Asia and Europe.
He is also a lecturer on American studies, U.S. politics and foreign affairs, cultural diplomacy and international relations, journalism and criticism, design and performance, arts and entertainment, and the impact of new technology on narrative architectures.