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Donations Pour in for Slain Brooklyn Playwright's Funeral

By Gwynne Hogan | August 21, 2017 9:49am
 Greenpoint resident George Carroll was stabbed near his Monitor Street home, police said.
Greenpoint resident George Carroll was stabbed near his Monitor Street home, police said.
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GREENPOINT — The widow of a playwright and actor who was fatally stabbed Friday night during a petty street argument near his home has received a flood of support from friends and strangers who have donated more than $13,000 so far to pay for his funeral.

George Carroll, 42, originally from Texas, was walking past P.S. 110 on Monitor Street with his wife Christina Carroll on Friday night about 11:30 p.m. when he got into an argument with two strangers who chased him down and stabbed him, according to police.

The widow told the New York Post that one of the attackers said "'What are you looking at?'"

"My husband — he's a Texan — he's like 'I'm looking,'" Christina Carroll told the paper.

That's when the men chased after him and stabbed the playwright.

Christina caught up with him as he was lying on the ground bleeding, police said.

Emergency workers rushed him to the Woodhull Hospital where he was declared dead, officials said.

The suspects fled the scene south along Monitor Street in a Lincoln, police said. No arrests had been made as of Monday morning, police confirmed, and the investigation was ongoing.

The Houston-born playwright was best known for his play "The Tragedy of Tupac Amaru Shakur or Who Shot Me?," a profile of the late rapper.

He also wrote plays by commission for wealthy clients with his company Legacy Playwrights. 

Christina Carroll, a native Brooklynite and actress, described her husband as a devoutly religious man who celebrated mass every day and always stood up for what was right. She set up the fundraising page on Sunday to pay for his memorial service.

"My husband George was a victim of a random act of violence and his death was unexpected," she wrote. "I love him, I'm in shock, this doesn't feel real."

"All I know for sure is that my heart is shattered and that I love him," she wrote.