The New York Post has reported that the man who was found dead at East 18 Street and Avenue Z was a Gokce Kurckco, a Sheepshead Bay family man of Turkish descent. Little is known about the nature of the killing, but the businessman was known to carry large amounts of cash leading police to consider this to be a murder committed during a robbery.
Here is the information reported by Matt Richardson and Larry Celona:
Dad Slain on Street
A Brooklyn father was killed early yesterday in a brutal and mysterious stabbing attack as he returned home from work, police said.
Gokce Kurkco, 32, was stabbed more than 10 times in the chest, according to authorities.
The Turkish native owned a souvenir shop and kiosk at the South Street Seaport, and he would often carry thousands of dollars in cash after his day’s work.
Cops found no money on his body, which was discovered by a passer-by in an alleyway of a bagel shop near his home.
Authorities said he was attacked after he parked his car and started walking to the nearby apartment building where he lived with his wife and young child.
It appears he ran down the street, possibly pursued by his attackers, before collapsing in a pool of blood.