WFU Assistant Basketball Coach Accused of Punching, Killing NYC Tourist

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A Wake Forest University assistant basketball coach has been charged in the death of a Florida man killed while visiting New York City for a wedding.

The New York Daily News and television station WPIX reported that Jamill Jones, a Wake coach since May 2017, was placed under arrest Thursday in Queens, N.Y., after he surrendered to police with his lawyer by his side. He died on Tuesday, police confirmed.

Jones emerged from his SUV and punched Szabo, who fell to the ground, hit his head and later died at a local hospital, according to police and court documents.

After he punched Szabo, police say Jones got into an SUV and drove away leaving the man on the pavement.

Wake Forest University officials tell WFMY News 2 they will release a statement later this evening.

Szabo, who lived in Boca Raton with his brother, always had a bright smile and shared a love of fishing, cooking and family, the company said. He was arraigned today on a misdemeanor assault charge and released on his own recognizance after entering his plea.

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Jones joined the Wake Forest basketball program in May 2017, according to the team's website.

"We won't be making any further comments", Jones's attorney said after his arraignment.

Szabo, also 35, was "super outgoing, friendly, and an incredibly smart businessman", said his company, at What If Media Group, based in Fort Lee, New Jersey.

Police say Jones confronted Sandor Szabo on a Queens street around 1:15 a.m. Sunday.

"He was always upbeat, positive, kind and caring", the post continued.

"His lovely spirit and his love of life will remain with us", the company said in the Facebook post.

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