Simon Martial, man accused of pushing Berkeley native Michelle Go onto NYC subway tracks, killing her, deemed unfit to stand trial


MANHATTAN, New York — Simon Martial, accused of killing Michelle Go after pushing her in front of an oncoming train, has been deemed unfit to stand trial, according to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.

The assistant district attorney asked for two weeks to review the case.

A judge adjourned the case until April 19.

In January, hundreds of people gathered in Times Square to honor Go.

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Go’s horrific death is a brutal indictment of the city she loved and served.

His larger-than-life portrait smiled during the vigil, alongside other Asian victims.

“Michelle, you will be greatly missed. Know that you will always be in our hearts and memories,” Louise Chang, a work friend, said at the vigil.

The attack happened right after early January 15 inside the Times Square-42nd Street subway station.

Go was struck and killed in the seemingly random attack. Officials do not believe the attack was a hate crime, but even so, attacks on Asians have skyrocketed.

Police identified the man accused of pushing Go as 61-year-old Simon Martial.

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Martial has a history of mental illness and is undergoing a psychiatric evaluation.

“I recommit to making sure this doesn’t happen in our city. We need to do this together,” said New York City Mayor Eric Adams.

The mayor was criticized for his initial response to the murder. Accused of being deaf to the cries of the city.

“We will hold them accountable. The safety of New Yorkers is a human right,” said Asian Fighting Injustice founder Ben Wei.

However, just days after Go died, Adams made a startling admission about the city’s transit system.

“We’re going to make sure New Yorkers feel safe in our subway system. And they don’t feel that way now,” Adams said. “I don’t feel that when I take the train every day or when I move through our transport system.”

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Go was an Upper West Side resident who worked as a consultant for Deloitte. And volunteered with the New York Junior League to help the homeless.

“She clearly had a very strong passion for working one-on-one with these populations in need,” said Junior League of New York President Dayna Cassidy. “She was a very compassionate soul who wanted to be rewarded with that direct impact and work directly with those people and watch them evolve over time.”

The mayor’s about-face on subway safety was good news for the man who runs the transit system.

“I think Mayor Adams is showing he understands, he understands how New Yorkers feel,” MTA Acting Chairman Janno Lieber said. “He understands that even though, statistically, the chances of being a victim of a crime on the subway are very, very low – and, God forbid, of being a victim of a crime like the one that took place in Times Square. But New Yorkers also perceive a lack of safety because they see and hear about these extraordinary and alarming episodes of the subway.”

The incident came less than two weeks after New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York Governor Kathy Hochul said homeless outreach and police presence would be significantly increased.
“She was a kind and generous person. She volunteered tirelessly and worked hard to help others as she sought to make our city an even better place,” said MP Grace Meng.

Go’s family released a statement calling her a “beautiful, bright, kind and intelligent woman.”

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