Sewell said officers patrolling the mezzanine area of the station were alerted at approximately 9:30 a.m. that a woman was "suddenly pushed" in front of the southbound Q train. EMS officials who responded to the scene found the victim, later identified as Michelle Alyssa Go, with "severe trauma to her body." She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Sewell said the attack was "unprovoked" and she does not believe the victim and the suspect had any interaction. The suspect reportedly fled the scene but later turned himself in. According to NBC New York, police identified the suspect as 61-year-old Simon Martial. He reportedly has been arrested in the past and was allegedly out on parole. He has been charged with murder.
Go’s family sent KRON-TV a statement that reads, "We hope Michelle will be remembered for how she lived and not just how she died. She was a beautiful, brilliant, kind, and intelligent woman who loved her family and friends, loved to travel the world and to help others. Her life was taken too soon in a senseless act of violence, and we pray that she gets the justice she deserves."
According to KRON, Go grew up in California’s Bay Area near Berkeley. She attended UCLA for college and NYU Stern School of Business for graduate school. She worked at consulting firm Deloitte, where she focused on mergers and acquisitions.
Her family added in the statement "Michelle had a love of life, loved her family, and loved to meet and work with people. She made and kept up with countless friends from grade school to college to graduate school and at her workplaces. Her friends would tell us that Michelle was smart, funny, big hearted and a real role model. Michelle loved to travel the world to meet new people and different cultures."