The family of Carey Gabay, the aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo shot in the head during the early hours before the West Indian Day parade, confirmed Wednesday that he was declared brain dead.
"There are difficult decisions we will face in the coming hours and days as our family struggles to process what this means for us," a statement from the family said. "We ask that our privacy be respected during this difficult time."
"Today we are all incredibly saddened by the news from Carey Gabay's family," Gov. Cuomo said in a statement. "I ask that all New Yorkers please join me in keeping both Carey and his family in their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time."
Gabay was shot in the back of his head as he ducked to avoid gunfire at around 3:40 a.m. on Sept. 7. Gabay was with his brother during the early morning J'Ouvert celebration ahead of the parade through Brooklyn.
The NYPD has said it has collected more than 300 videos from the scene at Bedford Avenue between Sullivan Place and Montgomery Street, and is using facial recognition software to track down the suspects pictured in video surveillance released Friday.
"We ask that anyone who may have information related to the criminal case contact law enforcement as they conduct their investigation," the family added in its statement. "We will continue to burn a flame for Carey with the same tenacious yet tender spirit that has guided him."