Brother of longtime Yonkers mayoral aide dies

The brother of a longtime Yonkers mayoral aide died Friday from injuries he sustained during a savage beating.

Robert Lopez was beaten outside Sals bar on Nepperhan Avenue in Yonkers. For more than a week, he clung to life while in a coma at Westchester Medical Center. Sadly the 50-year-old succumbed to his injuries.

Investigators say they do not believe Lopez, who is a security guard, was involved in any disturbances that night. They believe he was jumped when he stepped outside. Police have already charged Benis Melendez, 21, and James McGeechan, 20, with assault. Now, the two are facing murder charges.

Lopez's sister, Lorraine, a longtime mayoral aide, says the two men must be taken off the streets.

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