Brian Dowling, an 18-year-old, was indicted on Wednesday for the killing of New York City poet and activist Ryan Carson. The incident was captured on camera while Carson and his girlfriend, Claudia Morales, were returning from a wedding.
Dowling’s brief appearance in Brooklyn Criminal Court saw him clad in an orange prison jumpsuit. Over two dozen of his family members and friends were present in the gallery during the proceedings. He faces charges of second-degree murder and other related offenses for the fatal stabbing of Carson, 31, on a Brooklyn sidewalk on October 2. Dowling is currently being held without bail. His attorney, Ken Montgomery, chose not to comment on the indictment.
Video evidence depicts a man, identified by the police as Dowling, confronting Carson with aggressive remarks before stabbing him three times. Following this, he assaulted Morales and fled the scene. Carson later succumbed to his injuries, specifically a wound to his heart, and was declared dead at 4:18 a.m. Dowling was arrested three days after the incident.
Montgomery previously described Dowling as a “good kid” who wasn’t “looking for trouble”. He also hinted at potential mental health issues and emphasized Dowling’s remorse, given the allegations are accurate.
Carson held the position of a senior solid waste campaign manager at the New York Public Interest Research Group. Notable figures, including NYC Mayor Eric Adams and Senator Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., both of whom had collaborated with Carson in the past, paid their respects on social media.
A GoFundMe campaign initiated to support Morales and Carson’s friends has amassed over $73,000, allowing them time off work to grieve.