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'Everyone loved him': Woman tearfuly remembers boyfriend stabbed multiple times outside Brooklyn bar

Kerwin Cox was stabbed multiple times outside in Crown Heights while his girlfriend Tiarra Morgan was texting him to take the train or cab back home
Kerwin Cox was stabbed multiple times outside a bar in Crown Heights (GoFundMe)
Kerwin Cox was stabbed multiple times outside a bar in Crown Heights (GoFundMe)

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK: A Brooklyn man, who was stabbed to death outside a bar he frequented, has been described as a "loving dad" by his long-term girlfriend.

Police said 35-year-old Kerwin Cox was stabbed multiple times around 1:30 am on Saturday, October 8 outside a bar on Franklin Avenue in Crown Heights. He was at the bar with his friends when he got into a fight which ended in his death. Cox last contacted his girlfriend Tiarra Morgan after leaving the bar. “Kerwin was such a positive soul,” Morgan told the Daily News, adding, “Somebody I never thought I would have to bury — never. Never thought about that.”


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Morgan and Cox, who have been together for 20 years, were junior high school sweethearts and were the parents of a 10-year-old boy. They live in Gowanus Houses. “I never lived without him and now I don’t have a choice. We’ve been together for years and somebody took him away from me and his son for nothing,” a devastated Morgan said.

Morgan last heard from Cox just 25 minutes before his death. She texted him and asked him to take the train or a cab back home. “I guess when I was texting the last text, that’s when everything was happening. (Then) his sister called me hollering,” Morgan said. 

Upon their arrival at the crime scene, investigators found Cox in an unconscious state with multiple stab wounds on his chest. After giving him first aid, paramedics rushed him to the Interfaith Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The hospital staffers called Morgan and asked her to arrive at the hospital as soon as possible. “By the time we got there, the doctor told me he passed at 1:59. This was within that same hour of texting him,” she said. 

Morgan said Cox used to visit the same bar every Friday and knew most of the patrons. “That’s a local bar, he grew up in Crown Heights. Everybody who lives in Crown Heights goes to that bar. Those are his stomping grounds.” Morgan said, adding, “I never had any concerns of him being over there, especially in Crown Heights at that bar,” she said. “I just never thought something like this would happen at a place he goes frequently.”

Morgan said that Cox was a good person and everybody loved him. She added that that was why it was hard for her to think of anyone who could hurt him to this extent. “Kerwin is not confrontational. He’s not a bad person. He’s such a good person — that’s why it’s so surprising that this has happened. Everybody loved him,” Morgan said.

Cox was a hardworking guy who worked in a warehouse before working at a restaurant which got closed after the pandemic. “He loved to cook, one thing he gonna do is feed you,” Morgan recalled lovingly. “His food was just so good. Anything he made was good but my favorite had to be the steak.”

“I want them to get justice for him,” Morgan said. “I want them to catch who did this because I guarantee you, if he knew Kerwin, he feels like s**t. Whoever did this to him, he’s sorry. He took that man away from all of us and it didn’t have to be like that.”

Suspect in the murder (NYPD)
The man suspected of murdering Kerwin Cox was captured on surveillance (NYPD)

On Sunday, October 9, investigators released the image of the suspect and asked the community to help authorities track him.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.