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Funeral Held For Homeless Veteran Killed in Hot Jail Cell

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A mentally ill, homeless former U.S.Marine who died in an overheated jail cell more than two months ago was a giving and kind person, his relatives said Friday during a modest family funeral.

“You’re going to be missed, big bro,” a tearful Cheryl Warner said at the poignant farewell for 56-year-old Jerome Murdough.

His body lay in a closed, blue-grey casket decorated with purple and white flowers at a Queens funeral home before it was hoisted into a hearse for burial in New Jersey. Displayed photos depicted happier times: a smiling Murdough in a black turtleneck sweater and jaunty hat; the proud Marine posing in his dress uniform.

The medical examiner says more tests are needed to determine how Murdough died alone in a Rikers Island jail cell. But officials have told The Associated Press his cell had overheated to at least 100 degrees, apparently caused by malfunctioning equipment, when he was discovered on Feb. 15. He hadn’t been checked on for at least four hours, they said, and he didn’t open a small window in his cell to let in cool air as other inmates nearby did.

One of his daughters, Victoria Murdough of Philadelphia, said he was “a good, caring guy.”

“This has been so painful,” said the daughter, who had not seen him for years. “I just want to see justice.”

Murdough suffered from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, his family said. He was on anti-psychotic and anti-seizure medication, which officials said could have made him more sensitive to the heat. One of the officials, who all spoke on the condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss specifics of the case, said Murdough “basically baked to death.”

Murdough’s 75-year-old mother, Alma Murdough, wasn’t notified of his death until the AP contacted her a month later.

In the wake of the death, which New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has called “very troubling,” the Department of Correction has disciplined the warden in charge of the 2,100-inmate facility where Murdough was housed, the mechanics supervisor and the correction officer assigned to patrol his unit.

Advocates for the mentally ill say Murdough’s death epitomizes flaws with how the criminal justice system interacts with people who have regular contact with it. De Blasio’s new correction commissioner, Joseph Ponte, has vowed to reform the city’s jails.

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4 thoughts on “Funeral Held For Homeless Veteran Killed in Hot Jail Cell

  1. They just treat black people any kind of way, that's why we gotta unite together.

  2. They should have left us in Africa, God please save the black race, we are being tormented, daily, all around the world.

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    Almighty God Is Always In Charge! Never forget this fellow descendant of the original ancient Hebrew Israelites all of whom were black men, women, / children. Powerful White "Jews" / Anglo Saxons have always long known / sought to lie about / hide the truth. Almighty God reveals all via His Light / Justice Always On Time, which is dangerously short for us / all mankind on earth. Spread the word. Peace!

  4. You got it Antonio Martin my brother/ I thank Almighty God another black person / hopefully millions more fast wake up, take off their blindfolds, urgently / more immediately learn, realize, well know / understand that the white rich to upper middle class so-called "Jews" together with other white Euro-Americans in general control, own, / run both USA federal, state / city government, Obama / all other politicians of America' two primary political parties, / all huge to small private sector business industries / the employment market in America, Europe, elsewhere worldwide / have done via Wall Street, Federal Reserve Bank, UN, Tri-lateral Commission or Committee, the Bilderburg Group, USA' White House, Congress, Supreme / all other courts, the NSA, DHS, DOJ' FBI / CIA, DoD / its SOps units, WHO, NIH, CDC, FEMA , other government / private organizations, / via owning the www Internet , 24/7 monitoring citizen' emails / article commentary posts, online publications, cell / landline phones, / physical movements of all targeted POI / will do absolutely anything at all.

    Their anything at all ranges from ordering, orchestrating / staging the murders of black people, police officers, school children / others nationwide / worldwide to carefully releasing long stored lethal diseases among targeted groups to inventing lethal diseases to do the same / much more to achieve an entirely evil, wicked agenda by in every possible way rapidly causing, enforcing / influencing public fear, confusion, hatred, fighting / chaos among blacks, all other non-white people, / white people to well pit against one another with one of the top primary, sick / abominable goals being the long ago launched, ongoing, well continued / foolish attempts to fully destroy / eliminate black, brown / all other people of color descendant from Black Africans / most especially large populations of poor people of color in America, Caribbean, Africa / her Middle East including Israel, Europe / everywhere else worldwide.

    The white impostor "Jews" in America, Europe, Israel / worldwide are the children of their father satan as so said by Almighty God' Sacrificed / Risen Son Lord JC. Our ancient Israelite forefathers broke / dishonored Almighty God' Covenant Laws established with them / so too have we as their descendants have also continued to do / we will remain horribly punished as we all have been throughout thousands of centuries until we fast wake up, know who we are, separate from all evil including people inside / outside our camp, return to honor / obey Almighty God, / unite under His Holy Word Commandments, Laws, Guidance / Protection no matter what!

    Almighty God Is Always In Charge! Never forget this fellow descendant of the original ancient Hebrew Israelites all of whom were black men, women, / children. Powerful White "Jews" / Anglo Saxons have always long known / sought to lie about / hide the truth. Almighty God reveals all via His Light / Justice Always On Time, which is dangerously short for us / all mankind on earth. Spread the word. Peace!

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