A man who died in a hospital on Jan. 2, 2016, after a fight with a police officer has been identified by friends as The Times reporter who died.
Mark Mollica, 31, died at Harlem Hospital on Jan 4, 2016.
He had been at his mother’s house for three days and had been drinking, according to his sister, Michelle Mollina.
The couple’s mother, Diane Mollicas, said her brother had suffered a brain injury.
“It was a nightmare,” she said.
“The first time I ever saw him, he was on the floor with his legs spread, and I thought, ‘He’s gone.'”
The police officer who was chasing him at the time was not injured.
But Mollias was arrested and charged with assault on an officer and disorderly conduct.
Mollies family has set up a fund for his funeral.
“We are devastated by the loss of Mark,” Mollis said in a statement.
“He was an excellent journalist who was so loyal to The Times.
He cared deeply about his subjects and would do anything to report the news.
He will be missed, but we will never lose hope that we can help bring about justice for Mark.”
The Times said Mollicas death was under investigation.
“This case has been the subject of intense scrutiny by multiple government agencies and has not been thoroughly investigated,” the newspaper said in the statement.
The Times published a piece on Jan 2 about the arrest of Molli, a longtime news reporter in New York City.
“On this particular day, Mr. Mollo was in custody on a felony charge of assaulting a police department employee and resisting arrest after he allegedly attacked the officer and a civilian with a large kitchen knife,” the article said.
The arrest of the man after Mollifad allegedly attacked an officer was not immediately released.
A source familiar with the case told the Times that Mollico had recently moved to New York from Florida.
The newspaper also said that Molls wife, Diane, had been trying to get him to turn himself in for the attack on the police officer.
Molls sister, who lives in Miami, said the family is working with the police department to bring charges against him.
Molla, who had been working at the Times since 2013, worked as an editor and as a news editor.
He was a graduate of New York University’s journalism school.
A news release from the New York Police Department said Molla was a member of the bureau’s security team.
“Mollica is survived by his wife and three children,” the statement read.
“His death will be a shock to the entire New York newsroom.
Our deepest sympathies are extended to his family and friends.”
The news of Molls death came less than two weeks after The Times’ own reporter, David Barrow, was fatally shot in New Jersey by an unidentified gunman, who then was later killed by police.
Barrow was investigating an incident in New Brunswick that left one woman dead and a man injured.
The shooter, identified as 28-year-old James O’Neill, had allegedly shot Barrow in the back and body several times.
A federal judge in Newark granted a warrant to the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office for a search warrant for Barrow’s home, and police were called to the home after Barrow refused to show them his keys.
Barrows mother, Debra Barrow of New Jersey, told the New Jersey Times that she and her husband were in shock when they heard news of the death.
“I was just so shocked.
I just kept thinking, ‘Is this it?
Is this what it’s going to be?
Is it over?
Is he going to go to jail?'” she said of her son.
“What are they going to do with him?”
Barrow said he did not know if his body was ever going to make it to New Jersey.
The family has been told by police that Barrow had been living with relatives in the city and had recently been to the Bronx to visit his mother.
A judge has set bail for Barrows family at $25,000, according the Newark Star Ledger.
The New York Daily News reported that Molla’s death has caused widespread grief.
“If you can, I ask you to join the rest of the country and pray for Mark,” Diane Molla said.
Moller, who was from a family of journalists, had started working for the paper in 2014, the day after graduating from journalism school at the University of Pennsylvania.
He would later move on to become an associate editor.
In February, The Times announced it was leaving print after more than 50 years of print journalism.
The paper’s parent company, Hearst Newspapers, has said it will shutter some of its publications.
Hearst declined to comment on the Molliccas case, but said