Shortly before midnight on September 11, 2001, Henryk Siwiak (born 1955), a Polish immigrant, was fatally shot on a street in the Bedford–Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York City,[1] where he had mistakenly gone in order to start a new job. He was able to make it to the door of a nearby house before he collapsed. The killing remains unsolved; he has been described as “the last person to die in New York on 9/11” although his death was unrelated to the terror attacks.[2]
The initial investigation into the crime may have been hampered, police believe, by the diversion of law enforcement resources in the city in the wake of the terrorist attacks earlier that day, which ultimately killed almost 3,000 people. Since he was not robbed, wore camouflage clothing and spoke poor English with a heavy accent, detectives have speculated that his killer may have thought he had something to do with the attacks. Since the deaths from those attacks are not included in the city’s official crime statistics, Siwiak’s death is the only homicide recorded in New York City on that date.[3]