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.

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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.

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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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