Journalist Randy Gener, 45, who is also an award-winning Filipino-American editor, writer and artist, was brutally beaten in Midtown, in a possible hate crime. The attack took place on January 17 and Gener was hospitalized. He has now undergoe brain surgery for the massive head injury he suffered in the savage attack.
The attack took place on Seventh Ave. near W. 54th St. at about 3 am when Gener was returning home from a party. Gener was rushed to St. Luke’s Hospital by the paramedics where he underwent brain surgery.
According to his family members, Gener is now speaking, but he has no memory of what happened. According to Jessica Blair Driessler, his sister, ” He can’t answer the questions of what happened that night, he doesn’t really exactly know who we are or where he’s at sometimes. It’s really painful to see him here the way that he is because he’s the most articulate person.” Driessler and Gener lost their father to gun violence.
Gener’s family is asking for the public’s help in finding out who attacked him. So far there’s no evidence to indicate that the attack was a hate crime. Police is still searching for the assailants. Anyone with information regarding the attackers can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.
Two vigils are being held for Gener in Manhattan, one at 53rd St. and Seventh Ave. at 6 p.m. Sunday and one at the Philippine Center, on Fifth Ave. near 45th St. at 7 p.m. Monday. The vigils will help raise donations for his medical expenses.
Gener worked stints at the Daily News, as well as The New York Times, the Village Voice, Crain’s and National Public Radio.