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Close to the front doors of the Amsterdam News’ Harlem offices, popular street vendor William Welcome was assaulted and succumbed to injuries he sustained when pushed to the ground during a robbery on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020.

Just after 4 p.m., police said officers from the 28th Precinct responded to a 911 call of an unconscious male in front of 2346 Frederick Douglass Boulevard.

There they found an unconscious William Welcome, 72, laying on the sidewalk. Witnesses backed up a video which showed a man later identified by police as Quanell Jackson, who had snatched a hat off Welcome’s table of products for sale. The elder Welcome confronted him and followed him to a deli across the street. Apparently Welcome was pushed to the ground, and deli workers tried to stop the dispute. Welcome returned to his table, but collapsed when he went into cardiac arrest minutes later.

An ambulance took him to Harlem Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A Harlem resident who lived close by on Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard, Welcome was the beloved and friendly vendor who sold hats and trinkets, and always had a friendly word for AmNews staff and passersby.

On Thursday, Oct. 10, 2020 police arrested Quanell Jackson and charged him with robbery.