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Bronx DJ ‘Mr. Cool’ beaten to death for raiding housemate’s refrigerator: NYPD


A beloved DJ known as “Mr. Cool” fatally beaten in his Bronx home was attacked for raiding a housemate’s refrigerator, police revealed Tuesday.

The night of the June 23 attack, victim Mark Gocul, 50, showed up at Montefiore Medical Center in Mount Vernon for help and was quickly transferred to Westchester County Medical Center for further care.

He was able to talk to cops before succumbing to his injuries on July 6.

A fellow tenant inside his Furman Ave. home near E. 239th St. in Wakefield attacked him at 7:30 a.m. after accusing him of “touching his s—,” NYPD Chief of Detectives Joseph Kenny said.

“DJ Cool apparently took something out of his refrigerator,” Kenny explained.

Bronx DJ known as
Bronx DJ known as “Mr. Cool,” Mark Gocul.

Gocul and his attacker, identified as Robert Hector, 34, both lived in the two-family home, which was cut down into smaller residential units.

Hector allegedly punched and kicked Gocul mutliple times in the face, leaving his victim with head injuries that included several orbital fractures and a brain bleed, police said.

“He was injured so severely at one point he goes into cardiac arrest,” Kenny said. The city Medical Examiner deemed his death a homicide.

Hector fled the home after the attack and has not been caught by cops.

The suspect has an extensive criminal history and was charged with attempted murder in 2015 after he assaulted a man with a hammer, Kenny said.

Hector did three stints in prison, most recently in 2020 after he was given a two-year sentence for attempted robbery. His parole ended last year, officials said.

Bronx DJ known as
Bronx DJ known as “Mr. Cool,” Mark Gocul.

Brokenhearted pals described Gocul as a “staple in the uptown music industry” and “the coolest dude” whose violent end came as a complete shock.

“He was a good person. Never no argument with people, none of that,” one friend, John Clarke, 34, said after his death. “He was a very calm person. He loved his music. He was a good friend. He was a real good friend.”

 

Barry's Restaurant on E. 235th St. in the Bronx, where Mark Gocol, aka Mr. Cool, would regularly DJ and play music, is pictured Sunday, July 7, 2024. (Rebecca White for New York Daily News)
Barry’s Restaurant on E. 235th St. in the Bronx, where Mark Gocol, aka Mr. Cool, would regularly DJ and play music. (Rebecca White for New York Daily News)

Anyone with information regarding Hector’s whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

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