Henryk Siwiak, a Polish immigrant, died in New York on September 11, 2001.
Unlike the thousands who died in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, Siwiak was shot to death in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. Siwiak's killing was the only homicide in New York City on that day.
Ten years later, the case remains unsolved. Detective Michael Prate of with the 79th Precinct told WNYC that there are no leads in the case.
“The block [where Siwiak was killed] at that time was an active block for both narcotics and street robberies. … He spoke very little English so if it was an attempted robbery maybe he didn’t understand what was going on.”
Siwiak's sister told the New York Daily News that said he came to the United States in 2000 after he was laid off from his job as an inspector for the Polish national railroad.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 79th Precinct detectives at (718) 636-6655.
Clarification: The FBI, in it's Uniform Crime Reports for 2001, states that the deaths resulting from the 9/11 attacks are not listed in its data for violent crime in the U.S. for that year, and as such are not technically classed as homicides.
The report states:
For the most part, the data associated with the events of September 11, 2001, are not included in the standard tables found in Crime in the United States. The number of deaths is so great that combining it with the traditional crime statistics will have an outlier effect that falsely skews all types of measurements in the Program’s analyses.
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