Jon Lester



Age: 48


Summary: accused ringleader of the infamous Howard Beach racial attack in Queens, New York in December 1986 when a confrontation led to the death of Michael Griffith, a 23-year-old black man who was hit by a car on the Belt Parkway while fleeing white teenagers hurling racial epithets and swinging bats, a tire iron and tree limbs, who served 15 years in state prison after he was convicted of manslaughter and assault for his role in the attack that inflamed racial tensions in New York City, but who was released from prison in May 2001 and deported to his native England where he studied electrical engineering and started his own business.



Cause of Death: Suicide by unknown method


Born: July 6, 1969


Died: August 14, 2017


Location: Manchester, England