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Man jailed in 1991 riots is stabbed

Lemrick Nelson, who was convicted of playing a role in the Aug. 1991 murder of Hasidic student Yankel Rosenbaum during the Crown Heights riots, was stabbed with an ice pick early yesterday.

Lemrick Nelson, who was convicted of playing a role in the Aug. 1991 murder of Hasidic student Yankel Rosenbaum during the Crown Heights riots, was stabbed with an ice pick early yesterday. He was taken to Harlem Hospital in stable condition.


Police found Nelson stabbed in the head around 1 a.m. at 168th Street and Riverside Drive after an apparent road rage attack.


Nelson was convicted in 2003 of violating Rosenbaum’s civil rights and sentenced to federal prison. The riots, which lasted three days, were touched off when an Orthodox Lubavitcher sect van hit and killed Gavin Cato, a seven-year-old black child.


Rosenbaum, 29, was a student visiting from Australia, when he was surrounded and killed by a group of youths, including then-16-year-old Nelson, who told police he had been drinking.

 
 
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