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BRONX NEWS: Bronx man left unconscious with fractured skull after attack


A 35-year-old single dad suffered a fractured skull after a mysterious attack outside his Bronx home, police said.


Phillip Roseburgh, a father of three, was found by a relative unconscious and bleeding on the sidewalk on Garden St. near Prospect Ave. in Belmont about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.


Medics rushed him to St. Barnabas Hospital in critical condition. Police said Wednesday that Roseburgh remains unconscious.


A neighbor said he was brain dead.

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“He was a loving father with three kids. He was always in the community with the kids trying to make them laugh,” said Afiya L., 33, who declined to give her last name. “He never hurt or harmed anyone. He was a very good friend.”


She said Roseburgh, who was unemployed, has lived in the building since he was 8, and loved to take his kids to the park, swimming or watch them play sports in front of the building. Roseburgh’s mother died in 2005.


“He always had his kids with him 100% of the time,” said neighbor Preston Brown. “He was a great dad, amazing. In summertime, he’d pull his grill out back, cooking with his kids and offering everyone food.”


The family now plans to send his children to live with their aunts; they haven’t been told what happened.

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“Phil was the kind of person that never got into an altercation so this is just unexplainable,” Afiya said. “This building will miss him.”


Afiya said she went to the hospital to support him. “We stayed with him for six hours,” she said.


An aunt who declined to give her name said Roseburgh was able to hear early Wednesday, and at one point was crying.


“He was breathing on his own when I left around 4 a.m.,” she said.

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Another neighbor called him “Good Morning Phil.”


“He said ‘hi’ to everyone who came in the building,” said neighbor Janey P., who declined to give her last name.


“He’d always help carry your bags inside,” she added. “This is his home. He’s always had big parties for his kids birthdays and would invite everybody.”


During their last conversation, Roseburgh told her how proud he was of his daughter’s accomplishments in school, she said.


“He was good to everybody’s kids,” she said. “He looked out for everybody’s kids.”


Roseburgh’s attacker took off; cops had no clear description of the suspect as of Wednesday morning.


The motive for the assault was not immediately clear.


Three detectives were at the crime scene Wednesday looking for video and other evidence. 

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