By NOAH GOLDBERG-NEW YORK DAILY NEWS |FEB 16, 2021 AT 10:52 AM
A young Brooklyn prosecutor died suddenly last week after suffering a medical episode just hours after she left work, the Daily News has learned.
Assistant District Attorney Brittany Heaney, 30, was working late Wednesday to bring a case before a grand jury, said Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez.
Hours later after leaving the downtown Brooklyn office, she suffered an unspecified medical episode and died early Thursday.
“One of our young up and coming prosecutors died,” Gonzalez confirmed to The News on Monday. “She was only 30 years old. She was engaged to be married. She was one of my special victims prosecutors. Everyone really liked her.”
Heaney, a St. John’s University law school graduate, came from a law enforcement family. Both of her parents were NYPD detectives.
“This will be the most challenging time of our lives. The world is a darker place without the light of her spirit brightening our lives. We will love her and carry her with every breath we take and every beat of our hearts,” her mother Lisa Mazzaro Heaney wrote on Facebook.
Her family did not immediately respond to Daily News requests for comment.
Heaney had worked for the Brooklyn DA for five years. As a prosecutor in the Special Victims Unit, she handled sensitive cases — prosecuting a man charged with raping an 88-year-old woman, as well as a homeless services employee who sexually abused women living in a shelter.[
“She distinguished herself as hard-working, sensitive and exceedingly compassionate in her work with victims of these horrific crimes,” Gonzalez said in a memo sent to staff. “I know from my own time in Special Victims how emotionally taxing this work can be, but Brittany had a special heart, and embraced this challenge.”
Heaney is the second assistant district attorney in Brooklyn to die in the last year.
Sarah Pitts, 35, who worked for the DA’s Post-Conviction Justice Bureau, was killed while riding her bike in September.