Long Island City murder leads to calls against gun violence


| aaltman@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Alexa Altman

The shooting of a 27-year-old aspiring hip-hop artist near the Queensbridge Houses is raising clamor among politicians and community activists fighting against gun violence. The victim, Francisco Leal, 27, suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the chest around 10 p.m. on Saturday, February 2 at the corner of 21st Street and 41st Avenue. While the […]

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Suspect sought in Long Island City murder


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Photo courtesy of NYPD

Authorities are looking for a suspect in the murder of a Manhattan man who was shot and killed in Long Island City Saturday night, police said. Francisco Leal, 27, had a gunshot wound to his chest when cops found him on the corner of 21st Street and 41st Avenue around 10 p.m. He was taken to […]

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History's a hit with volleyball teen


| zbraziller@queenscourier.com


Cynthia Leal's life changed the day she walked through the doors of the Academy of American Studies. From that point on, she hungered for American History and developed a thirst for the sport of volleyball. Neither subject nor sport interested her much prior to the fall of 2001. Leal was recently awarded the Gilder Lehrman […]

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