One Year Anniversary Coincides With Sentencing

Michael Sandy’s Parents Still Mourning

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It’s hard to believe, but it’s been a year since Michael Sandy’s attack. As one of his assailants, John Fox settles into his manslaughter sentence, Sandy’s parents continue to mourn their lost son, who died on October 13, 2006.

Ezekiel Sandy stooped on a knee at his son’s grave Monday, removed a withered bouquet and carefully wiped fallen leaves from the bronze plaque.

“Everybody misses you, Michael,” he said, smiling after placing a fresh bouquet on the grave at a Long Island cemetery. “Yes, Michael, everybody misses you.”

Every week he drives 45 minutes to this quiet corner of Pinelawn Cemetery in Farmingdale, L.I., near a slim beech tree and a plaque that says “In Loving Memory.”

“People say ‘Why do you go, you ought to move on,'” Ezekiel Sandy said, looking up. “I made a promise to myself.”

A Brooklyn jury resumes deliberations today in the trial against Anthony Fortunato, who helped Fox and friends attack Sandy last October.