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NYC Subway Death Renews Debate Over City’s Response to Crime

Killing highlights the mayor’s struggle to address crime, mental health challenges, and rising violence against the Asian community

An evening vigil for Michelle Go, who was killed in a Times Square subway station, in New York, on Jan. 18.

An evening vigil for Michelle Go, who was killed in a Times Square subway station, in New York, on Jan. 18.

Photographer: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The death of a woman shoved in front of a subway in Times Square is reverberating across New York City as the city’s new mayor tries to reverse the perception it’s riddled with crime.

Hundreds of New Yorkers gathered at a vigil on Tuesday night to mourn the death of Michelle Go, a 40-year-old manager at consulting firm Deloitte, whose death at the hands of a homeless man with mental health issues epitomized many of the challenges facing the pandemic-hit city.