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Arverne mom sentenced to 17 years for tot slay

The young child was killed in an apartment on Beach 56 Place in Arverne.

A 31-year-old Far Rockaway mom has pled guilty to first-degree assault and second-degree manslaughter and was sentenced on February 1 to 17 years in prison followed by five years post release supervision, according to court records supplied by Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

“[Ashley Diaz] admitted to doing the unthinkable – killing her own child,” Brown said. “In the short two years of the victim’s life, she suffered greatly. Bruises, abrasions and lacerations covered her tiny body. She was shaken violently and her brain was severely damaged and her liver lacerated. The defendant will be incarcerated for a very long time.”

According to the charges, at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 3, 2014 a neighbor was watching Diaz’s daughter Kevasia Edwards as she left the apartment on Beach 56 Place in Arverne to buy groceries. At the time the toddler was asleep, when she woke up the baby sitter noticed she was pale and lethargic, Brown said.

Later in the day, at 11:15 p.m., the baby sitter received a call from Diaz telling her Kevasia was not breathing and unresponsive. The baby sitter returned to Diaz’s apartment and began CPR.  She observed the toddler’s face, which appeared to be red and bruised, her lip was bleeding and teeth were missing, according to the DA.

Kevasia was taken to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in cardiac arrest where she was pronounced dead, court records show.

An autopsy revealed that the toddler had both old and fresh bruising on her face, legs and torso, two of her ribs had been fractured and there were burn marks.

The injuries were inconsistent with the history given by Diaz, who told doctors her daughter had a seizure and fell to the ground, Brown said.

According to the charges, Diaz told officials that her daughter was acting normally and in good health during the time she was the sole caregiver – from Friday, January 31, 2014, until February 3, 2014. Diaz said that at 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 3 Kevasia had a seizure and fell to the ground and became unresponsive, she admitted that she sat by her daughter for at least 30 minutes while the child was unresponsive and not breathing and that she did not call anyone for help until after 11:00 p.m., District Attorney Brown said.

According to the autopsy report issued by the Medical Examiner, Kevasia suffered multiple fresh and old bruising to her face, neck, torso and legs, multiple scalp abrasions and lacerations, multiple scars of varying ages about her body and other markings consistent with trauma.

She also suffered subdural bleeding, hemorrhaging resulting from multiple impacts of varying ages underneath the scalp, bilateral optical nerve sheath hemorrhages, hemorrhage resulting from impact to her lower back, two healing rib fractures and traumatic liver injuries, the Medical Examiner said.

The autopsy report preliminary medical findings were consistent with Abusive Head Trauma with multiple, violent impacts to her head and body, Brown said.

 

 

Firefighters brave cold, wind for more than an hour to extinguish ‘suspicious’ Arverne fire.

The fire gutted the abandoned stores on Beach Channel Drive at beach 53 Street on Sunday night. More than 125 firefighters took longer than a hour to extinguish the fire under cold and windy conditions.

Firefighters speak with an EMT at the site. Nobody was injured as a result of the fire. All fire photos by Theresa Racine.

The fire was declared “all-hands,” bringing more than two dozen apparatus to the fire.

A suspicious Arverne fire drew more than 125 firefighters and 25 fire units to Beach Channel Drive and Beach 53 Street on Sunday evening.

Fire officials say that the first call came in to the 911 emergency system at 5:33 p.m. on December 18 for a smoky fire on Beach Channel Drive. First units on scene quickly called a Signal 10-75, denoting an All-Hands fire, bringing units from all over the peninsula.

The fire turned out to be in a small strip mall at 5309 Beach Channel Drive, a commercial building in which all of the stores have been long abandoned with plans to rehab and reopen them.

At 5:41 p.m., fire officials called for additional engines and a tower ladder. At that time, they called the fire “heavy.”

Shortly after that call, officials declared the fire “suspicious in nature,” and asked for fire marshals to respond. Local sources say that squatters were reportedly living in the abandoned stores and had used a fire to keep warm on the cold and windy night.

The fire was declared under control at 6:53 p.m., more than an hour after the first call came in to 911.

Officials said that it was a difficult fire to fight because of the weather conditions.

There were no injuries associated with the fire.

 

 

Woman pedestrian killed crossing Rockaway Freeway at Beach 59 Street

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An unidentified woman was killed after being struck by a motorist under the Rockaway Freeway at Beach 59 Street.

An unidentified woman died on Thursday morning when she was struck crossing the Rockaway Freeway at Beach 59 Street, police sources say.

On September 29, at approximately 6:08 a.m., police patrol units from the 100 Precinct responded to a 911 call of a motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian struck in the vicinity of Rockaway Freeway and Beach 59 Street. Upon arrival, the officers found a 36-year-old woman lying on the roadway with trauma to her body.

EMS responded and transported the woman to Jamaica Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries the following day.

Citywide police sources say that their investigation found that a 2014 Toyota Camry, being operated by a 29-year-old unidentified male, was traveling westbound on Rockaway Freeway passing Beach 59 Street when he struck the woman, who had walked onto the roadway.

The investigation is ongoing by the NYPD’s Collision Investigation Squad. To date, no criminality has been identified in the accident.

 The identity of the deceased is pending proper family notification, sources said.

 

 

Fire destroys seven boats at Arverne marina, Edgemere high-rise fire brings all hands on Tuesday morning

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One of the seven boats that were destroyed in a fast-moving fire at a marina at Beach 59 Street and Beach Channel Drive early on Tuesday morning. 

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Another fire, this one just after midnight on Tuesday morning, struck a fifth floor apartment at 453 Beach 40 Street in Edgemere.

Seven boats were destroyed and one civilian was slightly injured when a suspicious fire struck the marina at Beach 59 Street and Beach Channel Drive early on Tuesday morning.

Fire officials say that the first call from the marina came in to the 911 emergency system at 3:06 a.m. on September 6.

The fire quickly became an all-hands evolution with 12 fire units and 75 firefighters responding to the scene.

The fire was declared under control at 3:36 a.m.

Eyewitnesses say that some of the boats were part of the marina’s “Botel” program where guests rent the boats as they would a motel room for a night or for a longer stay.

The injured civilian refused medical treatment at the scene.

Sources say that fire marshals are investigating the fire, which has been called “Suspicious” in nature.

Earlier on Tuesday morning, just after midnight, there was a high-rise fire on the fifth floor of 453 Beach 40 Street, a public housing building.

The fire was called in at 12:07 a.m. and was declared under control just nine minutes later, sources said.

Hot, smoky fire at Ocean Bay houses doused, EMT’s treat two — including a small cat — for smoke inhalation

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Firefighter leaves 54-15 Beach Channel Drive after a kitchen fire was extinguished in a first floor apartment in the public housing complex. All photos by Theresa Racine

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Local EMT’s treat a small cat with oxygen after the fire. Resident brought the cat to the city medical service workers because the heavy smoke made it lethargic.

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Firefighters team to take up hose after the fire. A firefighter and a small cat suffered smoke inhalation in the apartment fire.

An all-hands fire in a public housing building drew dozens of firefighters and EMT’s to Beach 54 Street and Beach Channel Drive on Friday morning, leaving one firefighter and one cat suffering from smoke inhalation and treated at the scene.

Fire units responded to 54-15 Beach Channel Drive in the Ocean Bay Houses at 10:30 a.m. on August 26, finding a first floor apartment kitchen on fire.

Because the fire was in a high-rise building, an all-hands call was made, but the fire was quickly extinguished by the first due units.

A resident came to the emergency medical technicians on the scene, asking them to check out her cat who, she said, was “lethargic” from the smoke.

Two EMT’s from the 47D2 ambulance, EMT Crespo and EMY Amendola, gave the cat oxygen and it perked up after a few seconds. The cat was taken by its owner to a local vet’s office.

The firefighter was treated for smoke inhalation on the scene and was released to duty.

Fire officials said that the fire was not suspicious in nature.

Cops take down Hammels gangbangers involved with local shooting spree

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Court papers allege that the local gang was involved in a war with other gangbangers, all operating between Beach 81 Street and Beach 86 Street, between Rockaway Beach Boulevard and the Freeway, encompassing the Hammel Houses.

A gang of teens and young adults with nicknames like Za, Gunz, Seven, Burna and Flocc, who operated in a small sliver of the 100 precinct and who allegedly shot eight rival gang members and then bragged about it on social media afterwards has been arrested and arraigned in Queens Criminal Court, according to information released on Thursday by Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

Brown, joined by New York City Police Commissioner William J. Bratton announced that 18 alleged members and associates of the violent Hammels street gang known as “Pop On Site” (“POS”) – which is also known as “Fully Loaded Outta Control Crips” (“FLOCC”) and “Young Flocc Boys” (“YFB”) – on charges of conspiring to murder and assault members of rival street gangs, as well as conspiring to acquire firearms in order to assert and maintain control over a section of Rockaway that they consider their territory and to seek revenge for the shooting of their own members.

Brown said, “The defendants are variously accused of turning neighborhood streets into a war zone by acting in concert with one or more of their co-defendants to shoot and wound eight individuals over a one-year-period between 2014 and 2015. Their alleged criminal and violent and reckless acts have no place in a civilized society.”

The 18 defendants – who range in age from 16 to 22 – are alleged to have operated as the POS street gang within the confines of the New York City Police Department’s 100 Precinct, specifically the geographical area of Beach 81 Street to Beach 86 Street, between Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Rockaway Freeway. The criminal charges are set forth in a 90-count indictment.

According to a statement released by Brown’s office, the long-term investigation – which was spearheaded by the New York City Police Department’s Gun Violence Suppression Division, Violence Reduction Task Force, and the Queens District Attorney’s Narcotics Investigations Bureau – utilized various investigative techniques, including the monitoring of telephone conversations and conversations on social media pages belonging to gang members.  It is alleged that gang members allegedly discussed on social media shootings that were being planned or bragging afterwards about the shootings.  During the course of the conspiracies, POS gang members used a distinctive system of coded language and phrases which allowed them to communicate with one another to elude others and law enforcement.  Among this coded language were references to committing shootings, including “drill,” “touched,” “bangout,” and “its litt.”  Additionally, code words and phrases were used to refer to firearms, including “hammer,” “bitch,” “Shawty,” and “whoopty.” It was also part of the conspiracies for the indicted defendants to keep incarcerated members of the POS gang informed of the activities and events related to the gang, including, but not limited to, acts of violence.

According to the indictment, throughout the investigation, prosecutors and members of the NYPD reviewed thousands of pages of social media conversations, images and video.

For example, it is alleged that POS member Zameer Khan shot a rival gang member in the left calf and right thigh at approximately 2:00 a.m. on August 2, 2014, leaving five 9mm shell casings and five bullet fragments in front of the shooting location on Beach Channel Drive. On August 5, 2014, Khan allegedly caused or permitted to be posted on Facebook a message to defendant Unique Wooden asking whether Wooden had heard that Khan shot a rival gang member on Beach Channel Drive.  (“Was good bro, yu Hurd bout tht lil movie I made infront the 60es store lml”)

In a 90-count indictment, the 18 defendants, and other members and associates of the POS gang, are accused of conspiring between April 2014 and December 2015 to obtain firearms and to murder or assault rival street gang members from neighboring areas in Far Rockaway for the purpose of asserting dominion and control over their geographical territory, to enhance their status in the POS gang and to retaliate against, but not limited to, 70Gs, Body Squad and Gang of Apes (GOA) gang members.

It is alleged that during the course of the conspiracy, POS members and members of rival gangs 70Gs, Body Squad and Gang of Apes became engaged in a violent gang rivalry, in which POS members assaulted and shot rival gang members and often discussed their efforts and retaliation over social media and in telephone conversations.

It is also alleged that as part of the conspiracy, POS members over 18 years old instructed juveniles – between the ages of 14 and 16 – to murder rival gang members, to engage in acts of gun violence and physical violence against rival gang members and to carry or use firearms for the older POS members.

Eleven of the defendants were arraigned yesterday before Queens County Supreme Court Justice Robert Kohm.  The defendants were: Unique Wooden, Romello Grey, Deion Lowery, Qwavon Harris, Quentin Lowery, Taquan Brathwaite, David Miley, Keith Brown, Issiah Yusef, Jermaine Mackey and Dwayne Lyttle. Bail was variously set at $250,000 to $550,000 with a bail sufficiency hearing for each defendant (see Addendum for details).

Those indicted include:

Zameer Khan (a.k.a. Za), 21, charged with first-, second-, third- and fourth-degree conspiracy, second-degree attempted murder, first-degree criminal use of a firearm, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree assault and criminal possession of a firearm.

Unique Wooden (a.k.a. Gunz), 21, charged with first-, second-, third- and fourth-degree conspiracy, second-degree attempted murder, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree assault and criminal possession of a firearm. Bail was set at $550,000 with a bail sufficiency hearing.

Romello Grey (a.k.a. Seven), 16, charged with second- and fourth-degree conspiracy, second-degree attempted murder, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree assault and criminal possession of a firearm. Bail was set at $500,000 with a bail sufficiency hearing.

Deion Lowery, (a.k.a. Eight), 19, charged with first-, second-, third- and fourth-degree conspiracy, second-degree attempted murder, first-degree criminal use of a firearm, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, first-degree attempted assault, second-degree assault, first- and second-degree reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a firearm. Bail was set at $500,000 with a bail sufficiency hearing.

Qwavon Harris (a.k.a. Qwa), 21, charged with first-, second-, third- and fourth-degree conspiracy, second-degree attempted murder, first-degree criminal use of a firearm, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, first-degree attempted assault, second-degree assault and criminal possession of a firearm. Bail was set at $500,000 with a bail sufficiency hearing.

Quentin Lowery (a.k.a. Seven), 19, charged with first-, second-, third- and fourth-degree conspiracy, second-degree attempted murder, first-degree criminal use of a firearm, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree assault, criminal possession of a firearm and second-degree reckless endangerment. Bail was set at $500,000 with a bail sufficiency hearing.

Taquan Brathwaite (a.k.a. Burna), 20, charged with first-, second-, third- and fourth-degree conspiracy, second-degree attempted murder, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree assault and criminal possession of a firearm. Bail was set at $500,000 with a bail sufficiency hearing.

Cyrenious Williams (a.k.a. Cy), 20, charged with first-, second-, third- and fourth-degree conspiracy, second-degree attempted murder, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, first-degree attempted assault, second-degree assault, first- and second-degree reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a firearm.

David Miley (a.k.a. Milly), 17, charged with second- and fourth-degree conspiracy, second-degree attempted murder, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree assault and criminal possession of a firearm. Bail was set at $500,000 with a bail sufficiency hearing.

Anthony Turner, (a.k.a. Bhe Jay), 21, charged with first-, second-, third- and fourth-degree conspiracy, second-degree attempted murder, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree assault and criminal possession of a firearm.

Dante Hunter (a.k.a. Demon, Inferno), 17, is charged with second- and fourth-degree conspiracy, second-degree attempted murder, first-degree criminal use of a firearm, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree assault and criminal possession of a firearm.

Keith Brown (a.k.a. Ko), 20, charged with first-, second-, third- and fourth-degree conspiracy, second-degree attempted murder, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree assault and criminal possession of a firearm. Bail was set at $500,000 with a bail sufficiency hearing.

Jacob Williams, 22, charged with first-, second-, third- and fourth-degree conspiracy, second-degree attempted murder, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree assault and criminal possession of a firearm.

Issiah Yusef, 21, charged with first-, second-, third-and fourth-degree conspiracy, second-degree attempted murder, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, first-degree attempted assault, first- and second-degree reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a firearm.  Bail was set at $250,000 with a bail sufficiency hearing.

Jermaine Mackey (a.k.a. Maine), 16, of Astoria, Queens,  charged with second- and fourth degree conspiracy, second-degree attempted murder, first-degree attempted assault, first-degree criminal use of a firearm, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree assault, first- and second-degree reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a firearm.  Bail was set at $500,000 with a bail sufficiency hearing.

Dwayne Lyttle (a.k.a. Wayne), 17, of the Bronx, charged with second- and fourth-degree conspiracy, second-degree attempted murder, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, first-degree attempted assault, second-degree assault, first- and second-degree reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a firearm. Bail was set at $500,000 with a bail sufficiency hearing.

Jahmeek Bey-Jones (a.k.a. Jah), 17charged with second- and fourth-degree conspiracy, second-degree attempted murder, first-degree criminal use of a firearm, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree assault and criminal possession of a firearm.

Armani Wiliams (a.k.a. Lil Flocc, Flocc), 19, charged with first-, second-, third- and fourth-degree conspiracy, second-degree attempted murder, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, first-degree attempted assault, first- and second-degree reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a firearm.

 

 

Pols, city officials cut ribbon on new Arverne playground park

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Local politicians, including State Senator James Sanders and City Councilman Donovan Richards (aided by his young son) join with Parks Commissioner Mitch Silver (center) to cut the ribbon on the new park-playground at the Goldie Maple Academy in Arverne.

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The new playground park includes a running track, volleyball and tennis courts, painted games and lots of benches.

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City Councilman Donovan Richards, one of the sponsors of the new playground, with his son.

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Lots of kids from local day care centers took part in the festivities, enjoying the new playground equipment.

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New York City Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver dedicated the playground and spoke about parks equity and the fact that more new parks are being built in minority neighborhoods than ever before.

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State Senator James Sanders, Jr. started the park project when he was our city councilman and it was then picked up by his successor, Donovan Richards.

There are new sports courts and games in Arverne, as well as a new running track that the Parks Department hopes will be used by the entire community and not just the students of Goldie Maple Academy on Beach Channel Drive.

Senator James Sanders Jr., City Council Member Donovan Richards and NYC Parks Department officials, welcomed a new playground, named Cardozo Playground in memory of the junior high school that once stood on the site, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday afternoon.

Sanders, who called himself “the biggest kid in the house,” said that he could not wait to try out the equipment and he did, walking the track with some kids from a local day care center and then taking his turn on the sliding pond.

During his time as a City Council Member, Sanders allocated $2 million in funding for the renovations at Goldie Maple, which include an Olympic-size track field and playground, and Council Member Richards has contributed an additional $1 million to fully fund the project and bring it to fruition. “I remember a time when this was a barren space,” Sanders said. “There was no real place for the children to play or exercise and enjoy themselves. I had a vision of an area filled with recreational options. Now, after many years of struggle we made the impossible, possible. I would like to thank Council Member Richards for sharing my vision and allocating $1 million in funding towards the completion of this project, and the parents and administrators at Goldie Maple for their dedication to the betterment of the lives of the youth and the greater community.”

Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver talked about the new facility and about the department’s move towards equity, with more new parks being placed into minority communities.

“Being active and involved in sports helps kids to focus, learn team skills and stay healthy,” said Silver. “The playground has been transformed into an ideal place for students to play and exercise during the school day, with a new track, volleyball and tennis courts, chess table and painted games like hop scotch and skully.”

City Councilman Donovan Richards, who appeared with his newly-born son, said, “I remember not long ago that this beautiful park right here was a barren slab of concrete where teachers parked their cars. Now, children and seniors from Ocean Bay, Arverne View and nearby homes have a place to relax, unwind and be active. These communities now have a park to be proud of.”

Man sent to hospital with gunshot wound to leg in Arverne attack

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A local man was shot in the leg at 11:02 p.m. on Friday night in front of 66-19 Beach Channel Drive in Arverne. It was the second shooting incident In Rockaway this week.

Detectives from the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Park are searching for the gunman who shot a 22-year-old Arverne man in the leg in front of 66-19 Beach Channel Drive at 11:02 p.m. on July 22.

Police sources say that patrol officers responding to a shots fired call found the unidentified victim with a gunshot wound to his right leg. He is expected to recover fully from his wound. In addition, police said, the man has a broken femur from the gunshot.

The victim was transported to Jamaica Hospital while police did vertical patrols in nearby housing authority buildings looking for the shooter.

A level on mobilization was called, bringing police officers from the NYPD’s Strategic Response Unit as well as Emergency Service Unit for a weapons and ballistic search.

This was the second confirmed shooting incident in Rockaway this week. On Monday, a woman was shot in the abdomen in Arverne, a dozen blocks from Friday’s shooting.

Male wounded, in stable condition in Arverne shooting

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Police are looking for a gunman in relation to a 17 -year-old man who was shot on Wednesday night in Arverne.

Detectives from the 101 Precinct are looking for a male gunman who shot an unidentified 17-year-old male victim once in the upper leg at about 10:46 p.m. on Wednesday night in front of 5124 Beach Channel Drive in Arverne.

Police officials called a level one mobilization, bringing police officers from the Strategic Response Unit to the scene. In addition, the elite Emergency Service Unit was called to search for shell casings and other evidence.

The victim was reportedly transported to Jamaica Hospital Center with a non life-threatening wound.

Stay with onrockaway for updates as they become available.

 

Arverne residents rally to end gun violence in their community

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Arverne residents join hands in a prayer circle to ask for the end of gun violence in their community. All photos by Theresa Racine.

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The protest group joins for a photo in front of the Ocean Bay Houses, where the most recent shooting took place. Residents call the area “Vietnam,” because of all the shooting incidents that happen there.

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Arverne resident Jen Brown used her bullhorn to try and draw local residents to come to the rally.

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Some of the rally participants were from a Brooklyn anti-gun violence group.

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Rock Safe Streets took part in the rally. The group has been trying to stop gun violence in Arverne for a year.

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A young child joined the prayer circle.

By Theresa Racine

Special to onrockaway.com

About 45 people showed up at the Ocean Bay Houses on Wednesday in a place they call “Vietnam” as a response to a shooting there last Sunday morning.

Chanting “Don’t Shoot, Live,” the group was there to ask the community’s support in ending the gun violence in Arverne. The event came in the wake of the shooting of an unidentified 32-year-old man who was shot several times in his abdomen, legs and buttocks at 57-32 Beach Channel Drive at approximately 3:33 a.m. on July 3. That shooting was the seventh of the year in the 101 precinct, down from 11 at this time last year.

Among those gathered were members of the Safe Streets program and SOS Crown Heights.

Jennifer Brown was one of the speakers at the stop the violence rally.

Brown is also known in the community as Queen Jen and by her street name, “Michelle.”

Brown said that at the age of ten, while looking out her window, she saw a man’s head blown off by a shotgun. She then lived in the Castle Hill section of the Bronx and shortly thereafter moved to Far Rockaway.

She said, “The move made me very upset.”

As a young child, she remembers walking home and being bullied constantly, until the one day she fought back. She hated the fact that they made her move from what she felt was a safe place to a place where she needed to fight for her life daily.  She was also very angry at her mom and dad for the lifestyles they lived. She became very rebellious

Living in rockaway, as a teenager, Brown was affiliated with people who were in gangs. Bullied walking home from school, she started fighting to protect herself. She sad that anger towards her mom didn’t help the situation. Jen was trafficking gun and drugs for gangs, and personally tried every single drug, she admitted. Her drug of choice she was was PCP. She shot a girl because the girl who was constantly bullying her, because, she said, she was “tired of the threats.”

It got to the point she was fighting every time she saw the girl who was bullying her. This girl would stop the school bus just to fight her. After she shot her tormentor, Brown was placed in a psychiatric ward, where she spent twelve months. Even had a fight in a psych ward.

That still didn’t stop her running with “gangstas” from Jamaica (West Indies). One of her good friends introduced her to a Jamaican who was into drugs. They took over a rival’s drug spot and, in retaliation, was shot.

Brown’s change of life started, she said, when she met and began to date Nathaniel Smith, who “treated her more like lady, than a hardcore criminal.”  Nathaniel also got shot by accident. He died and she started her change to a path righteousness. She now uses her experience and passion to tell others that they should put their guns down.

At the shooting response rally, Brown lead a prayer and spoke to people about her story through a bullhorn so the people in the buildings could hear the outcry about gun violence. She spoke about unity and standing together, about how violence is not the answer.

Others spoke as well.

Amy said she was very disappointed that they had to be out on a shooting response only a week after the Peace Fest and about how most of those who are shot are not usually the intended target.

The group vowed to come together after every shooting in Arverne to decry the violence.

 

 

 

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