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Springfield Gardens father massacres his own family, killing three and wounding one before taking his own life


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of NYPD

Updated Monday, Jan. 26, 9:44 a.m.

A Springfield Gardens man inexplicably massacred his own family early Saturday morning when he methodically shot his two daughters, their mother and their grandmother, leaving three dead and a 12-year-old girl fighting for her life, police said.

The gunman, Jonathan Walker, 34, fled the blood-splattered home he shared with his family in his GMC Arcadia, prompting an NYPD manhunt that ended five hours later when police discovered him dead behind the wheel of his vehicle, where he took his own life.

Officers found the four victims inside their home on 148th Avenue near 231st Street at about 5:40 a.m. All of them had been shot in the head, cops said. They were called to the scene by Walker’s 12-year-old daughter, who phoned 911 despite having a gunshot wound to her head, according to published reports.

Viola Warren, 62, her daughter, Shantai Hale, 31, and Hale’s daughter, 7-year-old Kayla Walker, were pronounced dead at the scene. The 12-year-old girl, Christina Walker, also Hale’s daughter, was taken to Long Island Jewish Medical Center in critical condition. She is now in a medically induced coma, reports said.

Police say that Walker, the girls’ father and Hale’s common-law husband, shot the four and then escaped their home in his car.

Sources told the New York Post that Walker believed his longtime partner had been unfaithful and shot his daughters because he didn’t want them to end up in foster care after the attack.

Walker was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head about five hours later inside his vehicle in a wooded area just south of the Belt Parkway near the Lefferts Boulevard exit, cops said. A .45-caliber gun was recovered.

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Cops investigating death of Queens toddler


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

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Updated Monday, Sept. 2, 12:54 p.m.

Police are investigating the death of a 14-month-old Springfield Gardens girl after her father picked the child up from day care and found her unresponsive when he arrived home Friday evening.

Officers were called to the 228th Street residence of the toddler, Daniella Okoye, at about 6:30 p.m. and discovered her unconscious, cops said. She was taken to Franklin General Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Daniella’s father told authorities that when he picked his daughter up from day care she was already in her car seat and she appeared to be asleep, a police source said. When he arrived home and she wasn’t responsive, he immediately called 9-1-1.

The cause of death has yet to be determined.

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West Nile spraying in Queens today


| brennison@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Days after the first human case of West Nile virus was identified, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene announced they will spray larvicide in three Queens neighborhoods.

A Staten Island man was the first confirmed human case of the West Nile virus this year, after 11 were diagnosed with the virus a year ago.

“This first human case of West Nile virus this season provides a vital reminder to protect ourselves against mosquito bites,” said Dr. Thomas Farley, the city’s health commissioner. “Eliminating standing water from your property will help prevent mosquitoes from multiplying. Wearing mosquito repellent when you are outdoors, and long sleeves and pants in the morning and evening will reduce your risk of infection. New Yorkers age 50 and older should be especially careful as they are more likely to become seriously ill, and in rare instances die, if infected.”

Twenty pools of standing water have tested positive for the virus in Queens.

The Health Department will spray parts of Rosedale, Brookville, Laurelton, Springfield Park and Brookville Park beginning on July 31 at 8:15 a.m. The application of the larvicide will last until 6 a.m. the next day.

The area being sprayed is bordered by Francis Lewis Boulevard and 130th Avenue to the north; the Belt Parkway, Farmers Boulevard and Guy R Brewer Boulevard to the west; Rockaway Boulevard to the south and Hook Creek Boulevard, Hook Creek and the Nassau County border to the east.

The pesticide being used, Anvil 10 + 10, poses no health risks when used properly, but the Health Department recommends that people take the following precautions to minimize direct exposure:

• Whenever possible, stay indoors during spraying. People with asthma or other respiratory conditions are encouraged to stay inside during spraying since direct exposure could worsen these conditions.

• Air conditioners may remain on, however, if you wish to reduce the possibility of indoor exposure to pesticides, set the air conditioner vent to the closed position, or choose the re-circulate function.

• Remove children’s toys, outdoor equipment and clothes from outdoor areas during spraying. If outdoor equipment and toys are exposed to pesticides, wash them with soap and water before using again.

• Wash skin and clothing exposed to pesticides with soap and water. Always wash your produce thoroughly with water before cooking or eating.

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup – 10/17/2011: Woman fights off sexual assault


| jlane@queenscourier.com

The Round Up

Woman fights off attacker

Last night in the Brookville section of Queens a woman was violently attacked. At 7:30pm the 23 year old woman exited a bus on Edgewood Avenue when a man approached her and punched her in the head twice. The assailant attempted to bring the woman to the ground but she struggled and the attack fled.  The police are currently searching for the attacker. Read More: New York Times

 

Supporters of Barbara Sheehan protest in Howard Beach

200 supporters of Barbara Sheehan the Queens woman, who was acquitted of murdering her husband, gathered in Howard Beach last night. Sheehan who was found guilty of the lesser charge of gun possession is currently in jail awaiting sentencing. Supporters gathered outside of Our Lady of Grace in Howard Beach to please for her release. Read More: ABC News

 

Police searching for deadly hit-and-run driver

Sunday morning a 2002 Chrysler Sebring was going the wrong way on a Long Island Expressway service road in Maspeth and crashed into a livery cab. The passenger of in the cab was pronounced dead at Elmhurst hospital shortly after the crash. The driver of the Sebring took off on foot. Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com. Read More: NY1

 

Police seek 2 more suspects in Miracle Mile jewelry heist

Four men have been arrested and up to two others are still being sought, after a mid-day armed robbery in a Manhasset jewelry store. Armed gunmen, wielding hammers, had destroyed the glass cases to steal a supply of Rolex watches from London Jewelers. Read More: NBC News