Biography Thomas Brady

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Biography Thomas Brady

Submitted: January 19, 2018

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Thomas Brady

Birth: 1932, USA

Death: Mar. 15, 1948 Manhattan New York County (Manhattan) New York, USA

Thomas Brady aka Tom Brady of 830 West 179th Street, New York, New York 10033 (demolished).

On 15 March 1948, Marko L. Markovich (1883 or 1884-?) of East 135th Street, Bronx, New York 10454 (wife: Mary Markovich (1910-?) and formerly of 411 East 56th Street, New York, New York 10022 opened fire on Power Memorial (161 West 61st Street, New York, New York 10023 demolished) students practicing for the St. Patrick's Day parade, killing one, sophomore Thomas Brady, and wounding six others.

Markovich was a former cement worker for the New York Parks Dept. and unemployed at the time of the shooting. He had been in trouble before: 11 November 1930 vs. Hudson P. Rose Co., vol 9, page 32, file 8063, Office the Bronx County Clerk; details are unknown.

The shooting occurred in front of the Twelfth Regiment Armory aka Columbus Avenue Armory (built 1886-1887) on Columbus Avenue between West 61st and West 62nd streets) in the present day Lincoln Square neighborhood. Lincoln Square received its name in 1906 from the New York City Board of Aldermen; before that it was called San Juan Hill.

"Mad gunman kills boy here, wounds six before capture" read the front page headline on the New York Times. In memoriam, the academy marched in the parade without music, their flags and drums wrapped in black.

The parade was attended by President Harry S. Truman (1884-1972) and Governor Thomas Edmund Dewey (1902-1971).

Markovich, a Serb, believed Catholics were responsible for the death of his son Jovan Markovich aka John Markovich (1931-1944). He was captured at 31 West 63rd Street, New York, New York 10023, a brownstone (demolished).

Markovich was booked at Midtown North precinct, 306 West 54th Street, New York, New York 10019-5102 and remanded to Bellevue for observation.

He was eventually tried for first-degree murder.

Power's principal at the time was Brother William A. Hennessy aka William A. Hennessey, C.F.C. (Congregation of Christian Brothers, now the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers) (?-22 September 1978). He was "accused of two or more sexual abuse claims" years later.

On 16 March 1948 a Memorial Mass was celebrated for Thomas Brady in St. Paul the Apostle Church, 405 West 59th Street, New York, New York 10023. The entire student body of Power Memorial marched to the church. At the mass, Paulist Father Francis Timothy McGough (1910-1981) asked the students to pray for the healing of those injured and for Brady's soul. "Hate is no solution to any problem," he told them. He also revealed that the deceased was the last boy to have his confession heard before the group walked to the armory; minutes later he was dead.

Brady had intentions of entering the religious life.


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