Victim's family: 'Please stand up and stop this hatred'

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The family of one of the victims of the Hanukkah stabbing attack in Monsey says their father is fighting for his life.

The family of 72-year-old Josef Neumann says their father remains in a coma in Westchester Medical Center with a fractured skull and shattered arm.

They say his prognosis is not hopeful and that Neumann, a father of seven, may be left paralyzed and with brain damage.


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Family members also told reporters they do not feel safe, with Neumann's daughter making a passionate plea to the public to stop the hatred against any race, religion, or orientation.

"If you are watching this, please stand up and stop this hatred. It cannot keep going on. We want our kids to go to school and feel safe, we want to go to the synagogues and feel safe. We want to go the grocery store and malls and feel safe," says Nicky Kohen, Neumann's daughter.

The family would not answer questions about the suspect now facing attempted murder charges in Saturday's attack, saying they didn't want to give him any more publicity or spur possible copycats.


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