State and local officials have been keeping their distance from commenting on the brutal killing of Jordan Neely, but on Tuesday that seemingly changed.

The White House in a statement called the death of the 30-year-old at the hands of ex-Marine Daniel Penny “tragic and deeply disturbing.”

What You Need To Know

  • Both President Joe Biden and Mayor Eric Adams on Tuesday weighed in on the death of Jordan Neely on a New York City subway at the hands of another straphanger

  • Neely was killed more than a week ago after being placed in a fatal chokehold by 24-year-old ex-Marine Daniel Penny

  • Penny has not been charged and it's unclear if a grand jury would indict him
  • Meanwhile, the office of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is investigating the incident

“Our hearts go out to his family and loved ones. We firmly believe that the events surrounding his death demand a thorough investigation,” a statement from a White House spokesperson said.

Last Monday, Neely, a Black street performer who was unhoused, was placed in a deadly chokehold by Penny after Neely allegedly began screaming for food and help.

Currently, Penny hasn’t been charged with any criminal wrongdoing and it remains unclear if a grand jury will indict him.

In the week since the deadly killing, Mayor Eric Adams has tried to distance himself from choosing a side in the case which has highlighted concerns over mental health and subway safety.

But on Tuesday, he took a more somber tone relating the case to his own life.

“My heart breaks when we lost young Jordan. Many people miss the fact that Jordan is my son’s name and I think about every time I lose a young man or woman throughout this entire country that have fallen victim to so many levels,” Adams said at a summit on crime and public safety on Tuesday morning.

The mayor went on to ask the public to not dwell on his death, but on the failures leading up to Neely’s death.

“We can not be so encompassed and so thoughtful on talking about merely on how this young man died without asking the question, how was he living?” Adams said.

At the time of his death, Neely had multiple encounters with city agencies over his years struggling on the streets with mental health issues, including NYPD, the Health Department and even the Department of Corrections.

Tuesday also marked the first time Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg commented on the case.

The DA’s office is investigating the chokehold death and has been tight-lipped on their probe.

“Sometimes people peer into the silence and look at that as if the office isn’t doing anything or it’s not important. It’s quite the contrary. It’s because it’s our solemn obligation to assess the facts, apply the facts to the law and it's how gravely and seriously we take that that we don’t speak,” Bragg said in his first public remarks on the case.

Normally, district attorneys don’t comment on pending cases or investigations out of fear their comments could taint a case.

Bragg noted that for him to speak on a potential grand jury matter would be a felony.

It’s unclear if any charges will be brought against Penny.

Protesters have taken to the streets since Neely’s death calling for accountability and justice in the case.