George Smith 63 year old Jersey City/ Jersey Journal

The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office confirmed this afternoon that a 63-year-old man was shot and killed earlier this morning on Danforth Avenue in Jersey City during a botched robbery.

Just after midnight, Jersey City police were dispatched to Danforth Avenue near the intersection of Kennedy Boulevard in Jersey City on a report of shots
fired and a man down, authorities said.

Responding officers found the victim — who has now been identified as George T. Smith, 63 — lying on the driveway of a Danforth Avenue home and unresponsive.

A neighbor and police officers attempted to resuscitate the victim until Emergency Medical Services arrived on the scene. The victim was transported to the Jersey City Medical Center and pronounced dead at approximately 12:55 a.m., authorities said.

The victim and his wife were returning home when they were approached by two males. One of the males took the victim’s wife’s purse and the victim attempted to get it back when he was shot in his upper torso, the Prosecutor’s Office said.


16 year old Torrence Gamble/ NBC Connecticutt

A 16-year-old Riverside Academy student died on Friday morning, hours after being shot in the head in New Haven.

Police identified the victim as Torrence Gamble, 16, of New Haven.


New Haven police spokesman Officer David Hartman said the shooting happened just after 9:30 p.m. on Thursday on Daggett Street.

Gamble had been shot once and was unresponsive when police and emergency medical technicians arrived, police said.

He was rushed to Yale-New Haven Hospital, went into surgery and died at 3:15 a.m. on Friday.

Gamble is the second teen killed in a shooting in New Haven in two weeks.

Taijhon Washington, 17, of New Haven, was killed in a shooting near an elementary school in the area of Butler and Lilac streets on Monday, March 24.

Mayor Toni Harp is meeting with high school principals today to try to come up with ways to stop this from happening.

The New Haven Police Department Major Crimes Division and Bureau of Investigation are investigating.

Anyone with information about the case should call the Investigative Services Division at 203-946-6304 to speak with a detective. You can call anonymously.

A Good Ole Friday Night of Gun Violence in America. Pre- America Holocaust March 2014 Edition

United States of America is just Gun Violence Crazy! THere is no other way to put. Friday Night, I was not trying to be thinking about writing and issues I care about like Politics and Gun Violence. Sike, I’m always thinking about a new angle or subject to write about. I’m always looking to “produce, create, and innovate on a higher level”! But Friday Night was different. I wasn’t searching for topics to write about. It was almost like the topics were searching for me. So I ripped off a piece of the Bud Light Packaging and stated taking notes. I took 4 notes:


Bilal Berreni, a French street artist, was found fatally shot in Detroit in July.

Bilal Berreni, a French street artist, was found fatally shot in Detroit in July.

According to the Detroit Free Press

Three years ago, Bilal Berreni left France for Tunisia, where he painted images on cardboard of those who had fallen during the revolution.

He spent time in a camp on the Libyan border to paint images of refugees, and he lived for more than a month in a hut in northern Sweden, drawing and spending hours each day collecting wood to keep warm.

The young French street artist came to Detroit, too. He was here twice, but exactly what he did here still isn’t clear. But the trip he made to the city last year was his last, anywhere.

The 23-year-old painter was found dead at the dilapidated Brewster project on Detroit’s east side. He had been shot in the face, and his body was left lying in the street.

For months, his body was unidentified at the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office, as loved ones in France waited for word from him.

Authorities had little to go on because no identification was found with his body and some of the clothing he wore, though unique, had been purchased at a Salvation Army store.

But there was one clue: Michigan State Police Detective Trooper Sarah Krebs noticed he was wearing European-style boots. She had his fingerprints run through a federal database, and the hit came back this month.

A young man comes all the way from the other side of the world to document your city? And some Detroit Gun Slinger shots the kid in the head and leave his body in the streets. The body was just identified this month after a year. Police realized Bilal had on European Shoes. And traced the young man back to Europe. So So SAD SAD, not only for this young up and coming artist. But also for the people of Detroit, and the People of America! This just bothered me!

Tyler Zanco, 17

Tyler Zanco, 17

2. Then it’s was news reports of 17 year old Tyler Zanco. Zanco was a 17 year-old Waltham High School Student, who was shot and killed over 2 ounces of marjiuana. That report was on NECN (New England Cable News)

According to the Boston Globe:

The Waltham teenager who was shot in an apartment complex parking lot last week was killed during an attempted drug rip-off that was set up as retaliation against one of the suspects in the shooting, police say.

According to documents filed in court this week, Tyler Zanco, 17, and two friends from Waltham High School planned on Thursday to rob Taylor Poulin, 21, of Newton, believing that Poulin had cheated Zanco’s younger cousin of 2 ounces of marijuana in a previous drug deal.

The plot went awry, and the night ended with Zanco, captain of his high school wrestling team, shot in the back, allegedly by Domingo Mendes, a 22-year-old from Belmont who is now wanted on murder charges.

Just crazy the little value these kids have for each others lives these days! SMH!

3.YG – My Nigga (Remix) (Explicit) ft. Lil Wayne, Rich Homie Quan, Meek Mill, Nicki Minaj

My cousin was listening to this sound. I couldn’t believe how many times the artist was referring to Guns and Shooting someone else? Is this what Hip-Hop has become? What happen to songs like Self-Destruction and We All In The Same Game. But Nicki Minaj did murder her verse!

4. Was the final show of Pier Morgan on CNN. CNN does the same thing over and over again. Where are the young and up and comers and the Diversity of CNN. Well check out What Pier had to say.

So on Friday Night, Gun Violence was around every corner. And it didn’t slow down not one bit on Saturday! Especially here in Massachusetts!

2 Women Hurt In San Lorenzo Shooting


CBS San Francisco

SAN LORENZO (CBS SF) — Two women were shot outside a San Lorenzo home Sunday evening, a sheriff’s lieutenant said.

The shooting was reported at about 5:30 p.m. in the 17300 block of Via Carmen, Lt. Emmanuel Christy said.

The women were both shot in their legs and were taken to a hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening, Christy said.

Investigators have obtained a description of the suspects but have not made any arrests yet, Christy said.

He said it was too early in the investigation to release the suspect description publicly.

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The Gun Violence Holocaust (February 2014)

I’ve got to admit it. It’s pretty difficult to write about the First 60 days of Gun Violence in 2014 America when so many stories of irresponsible gun owners, stories of innocent kids being shot, stories of teens playing with and having unprecedented access to firearms. Why is it that so many gun tragedies around the country. In this post, The Gun Violence Holocaust Part 2: The First 60 days of Gun Violence 2014, 20 year old South Carolina State Student Brandon Robinson who was shot and killed. We have 20 year-old Michigan State University Student Dominique Nolff. 20 year-old Virginia Union University Track Star Karon Lee. Imagine sending your child off to college? Then getting a call that your 20 year-old child was shot and killed? The Persons accused in the shooting of Robinson and Nolff are both 19 year-old young black men. I’d almost put the house (I don’t own a House), but if I did own a house? I would bet that Karon Lee’s killer was also a young black male in his late teens or early twenties. Who’s responsibility is it to stop this trend: Local, State, Federal? Is this why President Obama introduce the “My Brother’s Keeper” Initiative at the White House last week? We also have 15 year-old Kevin Barbee. Kevin Barbee was shot and killed by a 17 year-old friend when a gun he was playing with accidentially discharged. Barbee was shot two days before President Obama was due to visit his Nashville, Tennessee High School. The White House called school official to ask if they wanted to cancel. But the school didn’t want to cancel. Neither did Barbee parents. The President met with Barbee’s parent before he spoke at the High School. In this post. you’ll see the President “mention” the Barbee tradegy.

Another tragic story was that of 17 year-old George Holland of Providence, Rhode Island. Holland was a football player at Central High School. Holland was shot over some sort of Facebook Beef. A 18 year-old, 18 year-old, 19 year-old, 21 year-old, and a juvenile are being held in his murder.

Brianna Benlolo 20 and Tyler Johnson 25 where working in a Skateboard shop called Zumiez near Baltimore, Maryland when 19 year-old Darion Marcus Aguilar came in with a shotgun.

9 year-old Jan Marcos Pena was shot by his 14 year-old brother on a Friday afternoon in the Mattapan section of Boston. The same neighborhood 28 year-old Teasia Montgomery was shot and killed a week earlier.

There a little trend there:Young people and guns. Where does a 18 year-old or 19 year-old or 20 year-old or even a 14 year-old get a Firearm? Especially when these kids live in some of the poorest circumstances in America? When will we as an society, tackle these public safety issues?

This is why I call this Series: The Gun Violence Holocaust. I think instead of just doing to Series? We are going to have weekly and Monthly reports!

20 year old South Carolina State University Football Player Brandon Robinson

20 year old South Carolina State University Football Player Brandon Robinson

From the The State:

“Brandon was a fine young man who was paying his way through college. All he wanted to do was play football for the university,” Bulldog football Coach Buddy Pough said. “We are at (a) loss for words right now.”

20 year old Brandon Robinson was a South Carolina State University Student. A 19 year-old is accused of shooting Brandon on January 24th.

21 year-old Brianna Benlolo

21 year-old Brianna Benlolo

20 year old Brianna Benlolo was working at Skateboard Shop at the Columbia Mall on January 25 with 25 year-old Tyler Johnson when 19 year-old Darion Marcus Aguilar came to the mall with a shotgun. Darion shot and killed both Brianna and Tyler before shooting himself.

According to the Baltimore Sun:

When he heard the news that there’d been a shooting at the Zumiez store at The Mall in Columbia, Abhishek Rishi posted a panicked message hoping for a phone call from his friend.

His worst fears were soon confirmed. Brianna Benlolo was dead.

“She was a very caring, heartwarming person,” said Rishi, who knew Benlolo because both had worked at the mall. “She never said anything bad about anybody. She was just one of those people you wanted to be around. She was just genuinely happy.”

Brianna left behind a 2 year-old son.

Also shot at the Columbia Mall was 25 year-old Tyler Johnson.

Tyler Johnson, 25

Tyler Johnson, 25

NBC Washington on Tyler’s Uncle George Sliker:

“It’s a parent’s worse nightmare. You don’t realize it until you’re in the middle of it,” Johnson’s uncle, George Sliker, said of his nephew’s death. “He was just unfortunately at work, which for kids these days is a good place to be.”

Sliker decribed his nephew as shy, a good kid, who was volunteering with an organization in Mt. Airy that helped people addicted to drugs.

“The people there thought a lot of him, you know. They thought that this was his calling even.”

Julien Printemps 22

Julien Printemps 22

On January 26th, Boston’s Julien Printemps, 22, was killed in a spate of violence that saw 4 murders in three days. Printemps mother, Gloria, had this to say according to the Boston Globe:

Gloria Printemps, the mother of Julien Printemps, spoke softly as she recalled her son as a good man who had no recent problems with anyone. “All I know is, my son is a kindhearted, loving person,” she said.

He recently worked in a temporary position at UPS during the holidays, she said, and also worked at a shipyard in Quincy.

He had dated the young woman killed on Rosewood Street in the past year, she said, but the two were not involved at the time of their deaths.

Printemps said she hopes the gun violence in the city will stop, “not only for my son, but for all the mothers out there going through this.”

28 year-old Teasia Shante Montgomery

28 year-old Teasia Shante Montgomery

Next is Teasia Shante Montgomery of the Mattapan, section of Boston. I actually went to Teasia’s Funeral. Teasia’s brother is a friend of one of my cousin. Teasia was a friend of Julien Printemps. Here’s my post on Teasia Funeral. Teasia’s 9 year-old son Jaron gave a heartfelt goodbye to his mother that no 9 year-old should have to give.

As 9 year-old Jaron Montgomery was in Everett at 11:30 saying his goodbyes to his mother. Another Boston 9 year-old from Mattapan, the same Boston neighborhood were Jaron’s mother was gunned down, Jan Marcos Pena was about to be shot and killed by his 14 year-old brother.

Jan Marcos Pena 9 years old

Jan Marcos Pena 9 years old

The Boston Globe interviewed some of 9 year-old Jan Marcos Pena’s family friends and classmates:

In the parking lot, Pedro Nova paused with his daughter Lea Nova Rodriguez, 9, who was a classmate of the boy.
“Janmarcos was a kid full of love, full of happiness, and always had a lot of energy,” she said. Whenever a friend was sad, she added, Janmarcos would always try to comfort them, saying, “Aww, it’s OK.”
Pedro Nova said that he grew up with Jan Marcos’s father in the Dominican Republic and had been happy that their children were growing up together, too.
‘Their hearts ache, and so does the heart of the city of Boston.’
“It’s hard, because he was a very, very lovely kid,” Nova said of Janmarcos. “You see the funeral home, how many people? It’s going to be real full.”

The Boston Globe on another of 9 year-old Jan Marco Pena’s classmates:

10-year-old Ashley Ramirez, said she attended the same program at the Boys and Girls Club as Janmarcos.
“He was really, really sweet,” she said before heading into the funeral home. “He was funny, and he used to tell a lot of jokes.”
Inside the wake, mourners packed the room, sitting in chairs or crowding around the casket, weeping audibly. One woman sighed, saying quietly, “Ay, amor” as she wiped tears from her face.
A bunch of mylar balloons in the shape of hearts and stars hung over the child’s open casket.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time,” read a note in an arrangement of red roses and white flowers topped by a picture of the curly-haired boy.
Laminated cards, with Janmarcos’s photo and a prayer written in Spanish were handed out. “Help me from the dangers of the world. . . . I want the way I live my life to make you smile,” the prayer read in part.

9 year-old Jan Marco Pena’s 14 year old brother is being held on charges of involuntary manslaughter on $50,000 bail.

20-year-old Dominique Nolff Michigan State University

20-year-old Dominique Nolff Michigan State University

On January 31st, 20 year-old Michigan State University Student Dominique Nolff was shot and killed near the campus of MSU.

Newchannel 3, CBS News, WWMT, West Michigan spoke with Dominique Nolff’s mother:

“Nolff’s mother tells Newschannel 3 her son was a good kid and it’s tragic his life ended in gun violence. will always be proud of him,” said Melissa Nolff Hurt



February 4th, 17 year-old Providence, R.I. teenager George Holland Jr. was shot and killed. Holland was a Football player at Central High School. Five people are in custody for his murder, an 18, 18, 19, 21 year-old, and a juvenile.

The crazy thing is George Holland’s mother is in jail for 25 years for stabbing his father to death in October 2009 according to the Providence Journal:

On Wednesday, at the Adult Correctional Institutions, Rufo was told that her oldest son was dead. As an inmate, she will not be allowed to attend George’s funeral. The Department of Corrections will arrange a special private viewing with the funeral director, said spokeswoman Susan Lamkins.

George Holland’s Central High School Football Coach Peter Rios had nothing but good things to say about the kid who played center on his team:

His coach said that George “lived and breathed football,” and he’d planned to have the teen try out for the All-Star game.
“He was a team player. He had leadership skills and he would take the younger kids under his wing,” said Coach Peter Rios. “He would help other people.”
George didn’t talk about the tragedy in his family. He spent time with his team and hung around with the coaches, talking football.
“We enjoyed his company as much as he enjoyed ours,” Rios said. “He was just a great kid. I didn’t see this coming at all.”
Rios’ voice became choked. “It’s hard for me to talk right now,” he said. Rios said they are probably going to retire George’s No. 55.

A couple days before President Obama was set to visit McGavock Comprehensive High School, 15 year old Student, Kevin Barbee was shot and killed by 17 year-old Kaemon Robinson.

The White House called School official at McGavock High School to see if they wanted to cancelled. The School and Barbee parents wanted the President to come to the high school.

ABC News on the President’s visit to McGavock High School:

NASHVILLE — President Obama traveled to a Nashville, Tenn., high school today on the final leg of a post-State of the Union tour that took him across four states in two days. And here, with a recent shooting tragedy hanging over the school, the president once again played the role of consoler-in-chief.

“I wanted to come here today because I’ve heard great things about this high school and all of you,” the president said at McGavock Comprehensive High School on Thursday. “But I also recognize the past couple days have been hard and have tested people’s spirits. Some of you lost a good friend.”

“So I wanted you to know that Michelle and I have been praying for all of you in the community, and I know that all of us are sending prayers to those families that have been so directly impacted; this has been heartbreaking,” he said.

Kevin Barbee, 15,

Kevin Barbee, 15,

Kahron Lee, 20

Kahron Lee, 20 Virginia Union University Student

Kahron Lee, 20 Virginia Union University Student

According to the Epoch Times:

Kahron M. Lee has been identified as the Virginia Union University student killed in an off-campus shooting.

Lee, 20, was a sophmore at the school who majored in computer information systems and lived in the Birches.

He was found shot in the apartment complex around midnight on February 24, which is located behind the university, reported WRIC.

“It’s hard to believe that I will never see him again; that’s just the reality of the situation and it’s hard to accept that,” said VUU student Sabrina Brisbane. “I don’t know, I mean I wish I could have turned him around, brought him with me. I wish he would have made a different step; it’s messed up.”

The university’s police chief, Carlton Edwards, released the following statement: “The Virginia Union University family is shocked and saddened at the senseless murder of Virginia Union student Kahron M. Lee. The shooting took place last night on Graham Road, in the vicinity of the Virginia Union campus. Mr. Lee was a 20-year-old Computer Information Systems major. He was a well-liked person who was active in the campus community. “

Houston, We have a problem with Gun Violence!

Gun Violence Holocaust 2014: Toddler recovers after shot in head

1-year-old boy Shaba

1-year-old boy Shaba

One year old Shaba was shot a day before his second birthday.

According to the WSVN News 7 from Miami/Fort Lauderdale Area: MIAMI (WSVN) — A South Florida toddler is recovering at the hospital after he was shot in the head, right outside his home, early Sunday morning.

Doctors at Jackson Memorial Hospital have removed a bullet that was lodged inside little Shaba’s head. The 1-year-old boy, who turns 2 on Monday, was the victim of gun play. “You never know when gun play is gonna hit close to home, especially when there are children involved,” said the boy’s grandmother, Tundra. “His aunt came and woke me up and told me he was wounded.”

His grandmother said the toddler’s grandfather was holding him outside the little boy’s mother’s home, near Northwest 75th Street and Northwest Eighth Avenue in Miami. He was sleeping in his grandfather’s arms, when guns went off, said Tundra. She said the grandfather ducked, but a single bullet hit Shaba in the head.

Doctors rushed Shaba into surgery to remove the bullet. “He didn’t need CPR because he was breathing,” said Tundra. “He was breathing before he left, and he was having movement in his body. He was just crying because he was agitated.”

Tundra said she hopes Shaba is able to fully recover. “I’m not even worried about the people who did it. I’m not worried bout nothing else but his safety and is he going to be normal.”