Bash vic, 87, dies

New York Daily News - - VOICE OF THE PEOPLE - Andy Mai, Cathe­rina Gioino, Thomas Tracy and John An­nese

AN ELDERLY Lehman Col­lege pro­fes­sor died Thurs­day af­ter a mugger bashed his head in dur­ing a robbery.

Young Kun Kim, 87, a po­lit­i­cal science pro­fes­sor who taught at the col­lege for half a cen­tury, was sucker-punched Sun­day by a rob­ber who am­bushed him at an Up­per West Side ATM.

The im­pact left Kim co­matose until his death.

His al­leged at­tacker blamed “bad spir­its” for the crime.

“You have to talk to my lawyer,” Matthew Lee said as de­tec­tives took him to court early Thurs­day. “Some­thing is not right. Bad spir­its or some­thing.”

Lee punched Kim from be­hind in the lobby of the Citibank on Broad­way at W. 96th St., then ran off with $300, po­lice said.

The at­tack left the Lehman com­mu­nity reel­ing. Kim (photo), who spe­cial­ized in po­lit­i­cal thought and phi­los­o­phy across cul­tures and wrote ar­ti­cles for sev­eral Korean publi­ca­tions, was a men­tor to sev­eral younger fac­ulty mem­bers through­out his ca­reer. Lee was await­ing ar­raign­ment on mur­der and robbery charges Thurs­day night.

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