May 4, 2009

A Sad Spate of Violence in Upper Manhattan

This weekend, a 17-year-old youth was killed, execution-style, on 141st Street in Washington Heights. Although details of the shooting are still emerging, this report in the New York Post suggests that the young man, Cory Squire, had become involved in gang activities and was trying to extricate himself. He was the father of a 3-year-old boy and his sister said the young man was predicting he would die before the age of 18.

Perhaps most saddening is information from an accompanying video saying that there was a man sleeping in a car parked right by the victim's body during the entire incident. When police arrived, they woke him up -- he had no idea that the shooting had just happened.

This incident comes just a few weeks after an 13-year-old boy was shot in the head during a barbeque on 121st Street and Lenox Ave.