Homeless Man Viciously Beaten Over Manhattan Catcall Dies 5 Days After Attack

Branlee Gonzalez, 18, was arrested in the beating earlier this week and is expected to face upgraded charges

What to Know

  • Two homeless men were attacked last week after they catcalled a young man's cousin, authorities say
  • Both were taken to hospitals; Lucio Bravo, 69, was later declared brain dead
  • The suspect, Branlee Gonzalez, was arrested Monday on assault charges; he's expected to be charged with murder

A homeless man who was declared brain dead after a vicious beating stemming from a catcall in Manhattan last week has died, authorities say. 

Officials say 69-year-old Lucio Bravo died Tuesday after being taken off life support. Bravo suffered massive brain trauma after 18-year-old Bronx resident Branlee Gonzalez allegedly repeatedly punched him and a 39-year-old homeless man Thursday, authorities say. 

Police allege Gonzalez attacked the two men after they whistled and catcalled after the young man's cousin. 

The victims were taken to a local hospital, where Bravo was declared brain dead. The other man suffered bruising. 

Gonzalez was arrested Monday on assault charges and is being held without bail. Authorities say he'll likely face upgraded murder charges. 

Online court records don't list an attorney for Gonzalez. He's set to be in court Friday.

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