Thursday, June 28, 2007

Teen shot dead in Bed-Stuy turf war


A teen whose grandmother struggled to keep him out of trouble after his mother died was shot to death in what neighbors described yesterday as turf warfare in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

Jhaneek Muller, 16, was shot twice in the chest at 10:15p.m. Monday as he hung out with friends at the Tompkins Houses in Bedford-Stuyvesant, police said.

Muller died at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan.

"He was just in the wrong place with the wrong people. His friends here had problems with another group of Tompkins kids," said Muller's cousin, Sean Crandell, 32, who lives in the development.

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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Follow every single lead: 'Runaways' may be murder victims. Cops & neighbors must step it up

By Errol Louis

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Almost exactly a year ago, the strangled body of 16-year-old Chanel Petro-Nixon was discovered in front of 212 Kingston Ave. in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, just over three days after the honor student left her Fulton St. apartment on Father's Day in 2006 to apply for work at a nearby restaurant.

Chanel's murder might have been prevented if New York's Finest had the resources and public support for a policy of mounting fast, aggressive searches for every missing teen and young adult. According to the NYPD, only about 6,200 people are reported missing every year, a small enough number that each one should be taken more seriously.

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