Heartbroken family breaks silence after father-of-two, 60, was fatally beaten over 18 minutes during a Christmas Day robbery
A 60-year-old father who was attacked and beaten for 18 minutes during a robbery outside a New York convenience store on Christmas morning has died from his injuries.
“He wasn’t supposed to go out like that, he was supposed to see me graduate college and walk me down the aisle, and see my first real career,” the victim’s daughter, Amanda, said tearfully.
The family of Michael DiCesare confirmed he died on Sunday from the injuries he sustained during a brutal attack in the early hours of Christmas Day.
Rochester police said the attack happened shortly before 1 a.m. on Dec. 25 at the corner of Bay Street and Portland Avenue, reports WHAT. His family said the father of two was probably out for a walk and stopped for a snack when the robbery took place.
DiCesare was found with life-threatening injuries and taken to Strong Memorial Hospital, where he remained until his family made the heartbreaking decision to remove him from life support.
Michael DiCesare (left), pictured with his sister Julie Arellano (center) and brother David DiCesare (right) died Sunday from injuries sustained in a brutal Christmas morning attack
Michael’s daughter Amanda DiCesare (pictured) said: ‘He wasn’t supposed to go out like that, he was supposed to see me graduate and walk me down the aisle.’
“I’m really going to miss making him laugh and smile, and telling him about my day at work,” Amanda told WHAM.
‘My father was always a very, very stubborn person. So, I know that I can’t sit around feeling sorry for myself all day and that he would want me to keep going and not let it weigh me down.’
She said her father was a chef for 30 years and they shared a passion for cooking and music.
“He and I shared a love of collecting records and he even gave me his old speakers and turntables to use for my own collection,” Amanda said.
‘He bought my first ever vinyl record when I was 13, and since then, whenever we could get together and save my allowance, we’d go to the House of Guitars or Record Archive and look around and he’d “teach me about the old albums .”
Two men, Brucewayne Beaman (22) and Guy Mustgray II (33), were arrested and charged in the attack.
They are accused of approaching DiCesare on the street and trying to rob him, according to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.
One of the men reportedly displayed a weapon and the other showed “a sharp weapon” with which they beat the 60-year-old for 18 minutes before taking his belongings from his pockets.
“I would assume he was just out for a walk, maybe stopped at the convenience store to get something to eat or drink or whatever, and walked home,” Michael’s brother David said. “So, but just wrong place at the wrong time.”
After the police found Michael, he was taken to the hospital with severe traumatic brain injury and needed a breathing tube.
“There was always hope at the beginning and for the first two or three weeks that he would wake up,” David said.
Amanda said her father was a chef for 30 years and they shared a passion for cooking and music. Michael DiCesare with his wife and children
Michael’s (pictured) brother, David DiCesare, said: ‘He was a caring person. He was fun-loving. He really liked to joke’
‘The more we talked to the doctors, the more that hope faded. We, me, my sister, Mike’s wife, Karrie, and her kids decided as a group that the best thing for him would be to just let him go in peace, instead of trying to keep him on life support.’
David said: ‘He was a caring person. He was fun-loving. He really liked to joke.’
Amanda said on Facebook: ‘Yesterday was honestly the worst day of my life. It’s hard to put it into words even though I’ve had to do it several times. My father is dead. I will never see him again. I can’t describe the feeling I got when I heard the news – it was like being hit by a truck. It hurts like hell.’
Michael’s sister Julie Arellano, who regularly posted updates on his condition, said: ‘I am saddened to share that my brother Michael DiCesare has passed away from his injuries.’
‘I can’t believe my big brother is gone. It doesn’t feel real or make sense. He was only 60 years old. He was supposed to grow old with Dave and me. I don’t know if I’ll ever feel whole again.’
‘I pray he is at peace. All I know now is that my heart is not at peace…It’s broken into a million pieces,’ Arellano said.
Beaman and Mustgray were arrested on Jan. 31 and charged with attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, first-degree robbery and fourth-degree grand larceny.
Two men, Brucewayne Beaman, 22, and Guy Mustgray II, 33, have been arrested and charged with the attack outside a Rochester convenience store (pictured)
‘The two men who robbed and beat my brother Mike to death have been officially arrested. “It was dramatic, as the two men were hiding, but the Rochester Police Department and specifically handling detective Eliud Rodriguez worked tirelessly to gather the evidence they needed to find and arrest them,” Arellano said. .
‘They will be charged with multiple charges which include attempted murder; which will be elevated to murder once Mike dies.’
The men were booked into the Monroe County Jail. Beaman is being held on $100,000 cash bail or $500,000 bond and Mustgray is being held in lieu of $25,000 cash bail or $150,000 bond, court records show.
“They can hopefully be put away for the rest of their lives, but for everyone in my entire family, we have to live the rest of our entire lives without him,” David said.