Young father murdered shortly after 2010 starts

January 1, 2010 8:57:11 PM PST
A young father is murdered in Brooklyn right after making a call to his family as the New Year came in. That man's family is making a desperate plea for help on this New Year's day.

As police try to piece together what happened on Ashford Street and Pitkin Avenue in the East New York section.

The family is stunned their son and brother is gone.

Kirk Holgate, 21, an unemployed dad from Queens was stabbed about 3 a.m. Friday as he left a New Year's Eve party.

"He was just on the phone with my sister telling her how he wanted to be a better father and husband. How he was looking for a job and he's glad to see 2010," victim's aunt Vinette Fredrick said.

Kirk Holgate was visiting friends in East New York for party just a few doors away. He staggered into his friend's home on Ashford Street and Pitkin Avenue -- dying from stab wounds in his groin and face.

"He fell, he said please stop the bleeding after that he didn't say no more," family friend, Isabelle Rodgriguez said.

Kirk had a 2-year-old son Duran who he cared for while his wife Liz worked. Kirk's brother sister and mother are now grieving while his friends and aunt say, he was a good, law abiding young man.

"He really was a good guy -- married to his baby's mother. He was loved and respected. You can ask anyone about him, they'll have nothing but good things to say," Frederick said.

Police say someone stabbed another unidentified man here that night. He's in stable condition. There were a number of witnesses but family friend Isabelle Rodriguez think it's unlikely anyone will come forward.

"This is East New York, people see things but they say they don't see anything," said Rodriguez.

Police are still looking for the person who murdered Kirk Holgate, 3 hours past the new year.

Meanwhile, about three hours later, a 28-year-old man walked into a Queens police station with a gunshot wound to his face. He died before arriving at a hospital.

A 31-year-old man is in custody in that case. No arrests have been made in the other slaying.

As of Monday, the city counted 461 murders last year - the lowest annual number since recordkeeping began in the 1960s.

WEB PRODUCED BY: Lakisha Bostick