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Remembering Ruth: Riverdale residents mark 1 year since death of community activist

The memorial was held just down the street from the corner where Mullen died. She was killed last year near the corner of Kappock Street and Johnson Street, close to where she lived.

News 12 Staff

Sep 4, 2022, 11:48 PM

Updated 657 days ago

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Friends and neighbors came together in Riverdale Sunday to mark one year since a beloved community member was killed.
They say Ruth Mullen wore many hats that included wife, mother, writer and activist.
The memorial was held just down the street from the corner where Mullen died. She was killed last year near the corner of Kappock Street and Johnson Street, close to where she lived.
Investigators said she was hit by an MTA bus and was pronounced dead at the scene. A year later, she's still remembered and loved.
Her husband, Jim Bradley, described her as a force of nature and his best friend.
Bradley was married to Mullen for roughly 30 years.
The two met while working in the film industry in Los Angeles.
"I was immediately attracted by her intellect, her engagement with everything intellectual. She was the smartest person I ever met," he recalled.
Those who knew Mullen repeated Bradley's sentiment.
"We would talk endless hours and go to meals. One thing led to another, and she really became, what in today's lingo, she was my person," said Mullen's friend, Judy Price.
"When I moved to New York 10 years ago, she welcomed me with open arms and taught me about life, hope and forgiveness," said Mullen's niece, Chelsea Mullen.
Mullen's family, friends and neighbors came together to remember her near the corner where she was killed.
Bradley said new safety measures were added to the intersection, like a traffic light, as a result of her death.
"I heard someone scream, 'call 911!' I heard this stuff, and I called her. I couldn't get a hold of her, and I couldn't get a hold of her, and then I came down and then I realized it was her," Bradley recalled. "She said, we need a light here and it's going to take somebody dying before they'll do it. Unfortunately, it was her."
The memorial rally, Bradley, said is one way that's helping him cope.
After sharing memories, family and friends walked over to the corner where they placed roses in honor of her life.
"I don't think that I'll ever come to terms with it. I just always imagined that we would be together forever, and she was my best friend," Bradley said.
Bradley is now working on a documentary with highlights of Mullen's life and a scholarship is being named after her.
The documentary is still in the beginning stages.


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