The murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi is front-and-center in much of the media’s mind, but another journalist’s shocking murder happened much closer to home — and chances are, you haven’t heard anything about it:


Jamil S. Hubbard, 25, of Sayreville, approached 55-year-old [freelance photographer] Jerry Wolkowitz and hit him from behind on May 1, according to Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

He had been hospitalized in a vegetative state ever since the attack, according to a GoFundMe page created to help with his medical expenses. The Asbury Park Press reported his death on Thursday. Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office spokesman Chris Swendeman said his body had been brought to the Middlesex County Medical Examiner for a postmortem exam.

Wolkowitz was hit on his head and his face before being dragged into the parking lot of an apartment building on Harding Road, Gramiccioni said. Hubbard then stole Wolkowitz’s car and drove over him, prosecutors say. Police said they found the car at Hubbard’s home in Sayreville.

“The investigation determined that the defendant targeted the victim because of his race,” Swendeman said at the time, adding that Hubbard, who is black, and Wolkowitz, who is white, did not know each other.


Why are we only just now hearing about this?

Did Jerry Wolkowitz’s life not matter?