Penn. man fatally stabbed at Brooklyn bar was dad with another child on the way

A man stabbed to death outside a troubled Brooklyn bar was a devoted dad expecting his fourth child, his heartbroken mother says.

Daryl Dawkins, 37, was found knifed in the chest outside Catch 22 on Third Ave. near 73rd St. in Bay Ridge around 2:50 a.m., according to police.

“Daryl is a sweetheart. He’s my first son,” the victim’s mom, Clay Ann Dawkins, 58, told the Daily News by phone Monday. “We have such a close bond, me and him talk about anything and everything.

“I know he was prob crying out for me with his last breath,” she said as she began to weep.

Daryl Dawkins, 37, was stabbed and killed outside of Catch 22 bar in Bay Ridge early Sunday, April 7, 2024.
Daryl Dawkins, 37, was stabbed and killed outside of Catch 22 bar in Bay Ridge early Sunday.

Dawkins lived in Tobyhanna, Penn., but grew up in Brooklyn, where he played football for Fort Hamilton High School. He traveled back and forth from Pennsylvania and Bay Ridge to be with his girlfriend, who is pregnant, said his mother.

Dawkins is also survived by a son, 9, and two daughters, 5 and 3.

Clay Ann Dawkins said her son had had legal troubles in the past but he made an effort to turn his life around when he became a father, working for Fed Ex and soaking up information on investing.

“He said, ‘Mom, I have to make changes in my life now that I’m a father.’” she recalled. “He was reading books and going to seminars on how to apply to certain loans.”

“For them to just take his life and he didn’t even get a chance to prove himself,” Clay Ann Dawkins said before tearing up.

Man, 37, fatally stabbed at Brooklyn bar
Cops found the victim knifed in the chest outside Catch 22 bar on Third Ave. near 72nd St. in Bay Ridge. (Theodore Parisienne for )

On Sunday, a neighbor who lives near Catch 22 said she hears shouting “all the time” coming from the establishment.

“This has been getting way out of hand, this bar,” said the woman, who asked to be identified only as Sue. “A lot of violence, a lot of trouble.”

The woman has witnessed numerous fights stemming from the bar throughout the years, including one in which a group of female attackers jumped a woman and repeatedly kicked her in the head and hit her with their high-heeled shoes.

“This bar is the number-one bar they have to close,” said Sue, who has lived in the neighborhood for 20 years. “They close it down, they change the name all the time [and] they open it again.”

The disgruntled neighbor heard screaming coming from the bar the night of the slaying but didn’t call 911 as the commotion has become commonplace on the block.

A 37yr old man was pronounced dead at NYU Langone Lutheran Medical Center after he was stabbed in the torso outside of 7221 3rd Avenue in Brooklyn on Sunday April 7, 2024. 0747. (Theodore Parisienne for )
Cops found the victim knifed in the chest outside Catch 22 bar. (Theodore Parisienne for )

The victim’s mother remembered her son being especially tender with his baby sister when he was young.

“I got pregnant with him when I was 20 and I had him when I was 21,” said Clay Ann Dawkins. “We’ve been through a lot together, it was always me and Daryl. He was so happy when he had a little sister. While I’m cooking he would sit there and rock her.

“He has a good heart, he has a big heart,” the grieving mom added. “I don’t know how I’m going to manage without him. He’s my backbone, he’s everything to me.”

In 2022, there was another fatal stabbing at a bar and restaurant a block away. Anthony D’Onofrio, 22, was stabbed outside Catrina’s Mexican Grill on Third Ave. near 74th St. on January 29 during a melee involving 10 people in a snowstorm.

Catrina’s was closed the following year.

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