Remedy Diner Waiter Dies 9 Days After Mugging

Posted on: April 1st, 2011 at 6:09 am by

On March 18, real estate broker-turned-waiter David Apelewicz clocked out from an overnight shift at Remedy Diner on East Houston.  It was to be his last.

According to an article published in the Daily News Wednesday morning, the 43-year-old father of two was accosted by a trio of hooligans near his Midwood home on East Fifteenth Street.  It was there, at 5:45 am, that Apelewicz was violently mugged, and shot in the head at point-blank range.  The bandits fled the scene shortly thereafter, and the victim was rushed to Kings County Hospital. He battled life for nine days, but finally succumbed this past Sunday.

Suspects are still at large, but were caught on surveillance video:

While the newspaper writeup makes no mention of Remedy, a Boogie reader had the following to say:

David was always our waiter at The Remedy – I was shocked to see his face in the paper :( The three thugs who shot him are still out there.

My girlfriend and I met David when we went to Remedy during one of the worst snow storms this past winter. He talked so sweetly of his son, and how he and his ex-wife worked together to co-parent and care for him. He talked about how he was looking forward to having a day off together with his son the following day so they could play in the snow.

We have asked the manager if there is a destination to send flowers/card to his loved ones, and they haven’t been able to get a hold of David’s family.  If anyone has any information, we would love to send them a card.

Have any memories of David?  Care to share in the comments?

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  • David’s friend

    I have David’s relative’s information, but I cannot post it here. David was a student at Kingsborough Community College. He studied Chemical Dependency. You can call them and ask them to mail your card. Also I have cemetary information. Mount Hebron Cemetery 130-04 Horace Harding Expressway
    Flushing, NY 11367
    (718) 939-9405

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