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Brooklyn’s West Indian Day Parade, an exuberant celebration of Caribbean culture, took an unexpected and tragic turn this year. On the evening of September 4th, a man was shot and killed close to the parade route, sparking a wave of shock and grief throughout NYC.
The Unfortunate Event
According to reports from The Daily News, the horrific incident occurred just three blocks away from the parade. A 911 call at approximately 8:50 p.m. led police officers to Sterling Place near Schenectady Ave., where they discovered the lifeless body of Muhammad Malik, a 51-year-old man. Malik had sustained multiple gunshot wounds, a chilling testament to the brutal confrontation that had unfolded.
Authorities quickly zeroed in on a suspect. Sergio Codrington, 39, was arrested and subsequently charged with murder, criminal possession of a firearm, and criminal possession of a controlled substance. Eyewitnesses claim that Codrington had briefly left the scene before returning, at which point he was identified and apprehended by the police.
One witness, who identified himself as Roman, provided a harrowing account of the incident. He revealed that the perpetrator had fired multiple shots, ensuring that Malik would not survive. Roman’s testimony paints a chilling picture of the calculated malice behind this act, an act that left the NYC community reeling.
“There were lots of shots,” Roman told The Daily News on Monday night. “They gave him everything. They made sure he was dead.”
Despite the best efforts of paramedics, Malik was beyond saving. As Roman recounted, “They were pumping and pumping, but he wasn’t moving,” he said. “He was a dead man.”
An atmosphere of sorrow and disbelief descended upon the city, especially within the community of the West Indian Day Parade. This annual event, typically marked by unity and cultural pride, was now tainted by the specter of senseless violence.
The Victim’s Father Speaks
Hamza Malik, Muhammad’s father, spoke out about the loss of his son. The elderly man conveyed his despair and incomprehension, stating that the alleged killer had shot Muhammad in the back multiple times without any apparent reason.
“Shot him in the back,” the 80-year-old Hamza stated. “Three to four bullets hit him in the back. He killed him for no reason at all, just like that.”
The funeral service for Muhammad Malik is scheduled for Tuesday, September 12, at the J. Foster Phillips Funeral Home at 179-24 Linden Boulevard in Queens.
The Bigger Picture: Social Justice and Crime in NYC
This tragic incident serves as a stark reminder of the ongoing issues of social justice and crime within NYC. As we grapple with this loss, it is imperative that we continue to work towards a safer, more just society.