COVID NYC Update: Vigil for deceased MTA workers who died from coronavirus, including train conductor killed by arsonist


MANHATTAN, New York (WABC) – A vigil was held Wednesday for MTA workers who lost their lives to COVID-19, including a train conductor killed by an arsonist. Garrett Goble, 36, was a MTA train driver who died in arson in Harlem at the height of the pandemic.“The last thing we talked about was the house. How to save money. So that I can buy a house and have a good day’s work, I’ll see you tomorrow, ”said Garret Goble’s wife, Delilah Goble.

She never had the chance to say goodbye to him, but if she had, she would have told him how much she loved him.

“I just love him. That I love it and appreciate everything, ”she said.

Transit workers held a vigil outside the MTA headquarters in Lower Manhattan on Wednesday evening for Goble, the father of two boys, as well as 131 MTA workers who died from COVID-19.

MTA supervisor Paul Hall had the virus. He was battling the symptoms, but in May Hall passed away suddenly while driving home from work.

Her son was never able to say goodbye.

” I love you. I wish you were here now. I miss you and inspire me every day, ”said Nyisaiah Hall.

MTA Deputy Director of Communications Shams Tarek released a statement:

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In the meantime, these transit workers will continue to move this town and the Goble family will continue their search for peace.

The suspected serial arsonist is still at large.

” It’s difficult. I don’t think we’ve accepted yet, ”said Delilah Goble. “Always looking for justice for him. It’s just day to day. ”

The MTA says they are in contact with the Goble family and are “well on the way to planning their memorial.”

According to them, more than two dozen families have received family benefits and most are well on the way.

“Let’s not lose sight of the ultimate sacrifice these transit workers and families made for this city… thank you all on behalf of a city that is eternally grateful and that will forever be indebted to these lives and to these workers, ”said board member Francisco Moya.

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