Thursday, March 27, 2008

The Eschacon Hotel Subway Stop

No this isn't normal.

Sean Patrick Conroy, the 36-year-old Starbucks manager who was attacked in a Center City subway yesterday, died of an "asthma attack brought on by blunt force trauma," the medical examiner ruled today.

His death was ruled a homicide, said Jeff Moran, a spokesman for the medical examiner.

Police today are intently searching for three of four Simon Gratz High School students who skipped classes Wednesday and ambushed Conroy on a subway concourse in the heart of Center City. The man died less than an hour after the attack.

A 16-year-old 10th grader at the Nicetown high school who was arrested after the incident told police the four youths had chosen Sean Patrick Conroy at random and attacked him for kicks, with no motive of robbery, police said. The District Attorney has not yet filed charges against the youth. Police said they are waiting for the medical examiner to determine a cause of death before recommending charges.