Een nachtportier is het eerste slachtoffer van het rookverbod in New York. De man, Dana Blake, werd door twee broers mishandeld toen hij hun verbood in de nachtclub te roken.
Blake’s older brother, Tony Blake, said Sunday he blamed the death on the smoking ban. ”I’m very bitter,” he said. ”It’s a senseless murder because of this stupid cigarette law. That’s the reason this guy was killed.”
Blake approached the men about 2:30 a.m. to tell them they could not smoke in the bar, police spokesman Michael O’Looney said. It was unclear whether one or both men were smoking, he said.
Harsh words were exchanged and the brawl began when Blake tried to eject Johnathan Chan for disorderly behavior, witnesses told police. Blake was stabbed in the fight, but it was unclear who stabbed him or with what, O’Looney said.