Sandor Szabo’s employer said Wednesday it lost not just a “marketing wiz,” but also a member of the digital marketing firm’s family, when the Boca Raton-area man died Tuesday after being punched on a New York street corner.
New York police confirmed early Wednesday that Szabo, 35, died following the incident, which occurred at about 1:15 a.m. Sunday in Queens.
Szabo had flown to New York for his stepsister’s wedding. He was leaving the hotel where his brother was staying and called for a car to go back to his own hotel, and the family believes he was knocking on car windows to check on which ride was his when he knocked on the window of a white sport-utility vehicle. A man inside got out and punched him.
"The victim's head hit the pavement when he fell back and he lost consciousness," said a police statement issued Sunday evening.
It said the person in the SUV drove off.
Police said Wednesday no arrest has been made. They’ve provided both still images and video in hopes of finding the assailant.
On Tuesday, before Szabo’s death was announced, his brother Dominik told The Palm Beach Post he was dealing with the crisis and couldn’t talk. He did not immediately
respond Wednesday to an inquiry.
Szabo “did everything” at What If Media Group, CEO Josh Gillon said at midday Wednesday.
He said Szabo lived with his brother in Boca Raton and worked remotely for What If, which is based in Fort Lee, N.J., near New York. He said Szabo had been a Boca Raton-based company’s liaison to What If for about five years before moving over to the firm.
On Wednesday, Gillon posted a note “with a very heavy heart” on What If’s Facebook page.
The posting said Szabo “was super outgoing, friendly, and an incredibly smart businessman. He was always upbeat, positive, kind and caring.”
Szabo “was critical in helping our company’s recent rapid growth,” the posting said. “Our company has about 25 employees, all of whom are very close; he was part of our family. We are all deeply saddened by this loss.
“We will remember his bright smile, his positive attitude, his passion for our company (and each of us), his love of fish, fishing, and cooking, and his love of family. His beautiful spirit and his love of life will remain with us. We are going to miss him dearly.”
“Random acts of violence have repercussions,” GIllon said. “Everyone has to be diligent, but you have to live your life.”
Gillon said he did not know where Szabo grew up but knew he’s been in the Boca Raton area for about a decade. He said Szabo was not married and had no children but had “a ton of friends.”
He said the firm plans some kind of service.
“We will do something for sure,” he said. “We will do something memorable and important.”
Anyone with information about the incident should call New York Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com. All calls are confidential.