Nothing lasts forever, not even New York City’s utopian week without homicide.
After a seven day stretch with no murders, the city witnessed 12 shootings in 10 hours between Friday and Saturday. Six people were killed in those shootings.
Four of those killings occurred in the Bronx, another two in Brooklyn. No arrests have been made, though police are continuing their investigations.
According to the NYT:
The first killing occurred at 6 p.m. on Friday in the South Bronx. Two friends were standing in front of 680 Tinton Avenue near the John Adams Houses when a gunman opened fire, the police said. Tyrek Singleton, 28, of the Bronx was shot in the torso and pronounced dead at Lincoln Medical Center.
His 26-year-old friend, who was not immediately identified, was shot in the leg. He told investigators he did not know the gunman, the police said.
Two and a half hours later, two men were shot in the chest and killed in Brownsville, Brooklyn, the police said. The men were identified as Tevin Beckles, 21, and Randolph Williams, 37, both of Brooklyn. The police said Mr. Williams had 52 arrests, most of them drug-related.
At 2:15 a.m. on Saturday, police officers found Pablo Pagan, 40, dead with a gunshot wound to the head close to his home in the Arthur H. Murphy Houses on Vyse Avenue in the Bronx.
About three miles away and two hours later, police officers discovered Marco Castillo, 24, with a gunshot wound to the chest. Mr. Castillo was pronounced dead at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx.
And at the start of the new week, about five miles from where Castillo had been shot, a 38-year-old man was shot in the torso in the Bronx. He was taken to the hospital, where he died from his wounds.
But police say despite the six homicides, the number of killings in 2013 is down over 25 percent compared with 2012.
Some more positive news? The city recorded its lowest annual homicide total, 419, in at least half a century.
Even still, our condolences go out to those who lost loved ones over the weekend. May they all rest in peace.
SOURCE: NYT | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty