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Second arrest made in fatal Queens bus shooting of teen


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Updated 2:27 p.m.

A Brooklyn teenager has been charged with the murder of a 14-year-old girl who was gunned down on a Queens bus last year, officials said.

Shamel Capers, 16, was arraigned Wednesday on charges of second-degree murder, criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment in the deadly shooting of D’aja Robinson, according to the district attorney’s office.

Robinson was shot in the head after boarding a Q6 bus near Sutphin and Rockaway boulevards in Jamaica on May 18, 2013. She was on her way from a sweet 16 party when she was killed.

Prosecutors said Robinson was not the intended target when Capers fired multiple times into the bus.

About a month after the shooting, Kevin McClinton, 22, was also arrested on second-degree murder and other charges in the death of Robinson. He is accused of taking the gun from Capers and continuing to fire into the bus, according to District Attorney Richard Brown.

McClinton, who had a court appearance Wednesday, is currently being held without bail. His case is set for trial on Sept. 22, prosecutors said. Capers is also being held without bail and is due back in court on Aug. 13.


Queens gun buyback nets nearly 30 weapons


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D’aja Robinson’s life was taken at the age of 14 by a stray bullet. Her Jamaica community responded by hosting a gun buyback event in an effort to get weapons off the street.

On Saturday, the NYPD, district attorney and borough president put on the event at the New Jerusalem Baptist Church. Residents who came and turned in a weapon — no questions asked — received a $200 bank card in return.

Twenty-nine weapons were recovered, including 17 revolvers, eight semi-automatics, one rifle and three others, including BB guns and starter guns, police said.

“It is a commendable endeavor that Borough President [Helen] Marshall, District Attorney [Richard] Brown and the NYPD coordinated the gun buyback program in memory of the late D’aja Robinson,” said Councilmember Ruben Wills.

“Success will be ours the day we will no longer have to hold a gun buyback program.”

 

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Reverend to host prayer walks against violence in Queens


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A Queens clergy leader is not simply saying prayers to stop the borough’s violence. He is traveling and delivering them himself.

Reverend Phil Craig of the Greater Springfield Community Church needed a way to bring his community together and “get everybody on the same page,” he said.

For his “Project Prayer,” Craig intends to spend the summer walking throughout the borough starting in the southeast. He said he hopes the project can be a forum for people of all backgrounds to come together and state their hopes and intentions in a safe environment.

“If we can pray together, then we can surely work together,” said Craig, who is president of the Jamaica National Action Network.

He said he met with the network’s executive board to discuss his idea the same day 14-year-old D’aja Robinson was aboard a city bus and shot by a bullet allegedly intended for somebody else. Craig added that the incident further confirmed the need to stop the perpetual string of violence throughout his community.

“I don’t care what faith base you come from, I’m talking about let’s all come together,” Craig said. “There’s corruption and conspiracy, it’s all a plague over this community.”

Craig said life is very different nowadays. He noted that in the past, churches used to be the cornerstone of the community, children were raised differently and people had a mutual respect for one another. Now, he sees people being territorial and violence erupting as a result.

“If we can get people in housing complexes, the clergy, the community leaders and the police department to all come together, this community can be a very powerful one,” Craig said.

He hopes to reach the borough’s youth since they are “the ones that are angry, the ones that are committing these crimes.”

“If we can plant these seeds in these children, we can weed out this generation that seems to be lost,” he said. “If we keep planting good seeds, we will reap what we harvest.”

Project Prayer is set to start July 13 at the Rochdale Village Houses and will continue to visit different housing projects in the region, eventually spreading north to Long Island City and Flushing.

“I want to do something that I believe will be a comfort to people’s hearts,” Craig said. “This right here is something everyone can take part in. No matter where you go for worship — or if you don’t go anywhere — we have to be able to live together, and that’s what it’s all about.”

 

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Suspect in Queens bus shooting of teen apprehended in South Carolina


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Updated Wednesday, June 5

The suspect in the deadly shooting of a 14-year-old aboard a Queens bus last month has been arrested.

Kevin McClinton, 21, was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals and NYPD officials on Tuesday in South Carolina, said District Attorney Richard Brown.

As of Wednesday morning he was still awaiting extradition to New York, where he will be arraigned on charges of second-degree murder, reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon. If convicted, he faces 25 years to life in prison.

McClinton is accused of shooting D’aja “Asia” Robinson shortly after she got on a Q6 bus near Sutphin Boulevard and Rockaway Boulevard around 9 p.m. on May 18. McClinton allegedly missed his intended target when he fired multiple times into the bus from the sidewalk, and instead struck Robinson in the head, according to the district attorney.

“I hope the capture of Kevin McClinton, the alleged shooter in the Daja Robinson killing, will bring some level of comfort to the victim’s family and renews hope that justice will be served”  said State Senator Malcolm Smith in a statement released Wednesday. “The arrest sends a clear message that gun violence and the use of illegal weapons will not be tolerated. I would like to thank the NYPD for their vigilance and hard work in getting this dangerous individual off the streets of our community.”


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Police are searching for a man wanted for the murder of a 14-year-old girl who has shot in the head aboard a Queens bus.

The suspect, 21-year-old Kevin McClinton, is described as 5’10″ tall, 160 pounds and has dread locks.

D’aja “Asia” Robinson, who was on her way from a sweet 16 birthday party, had just boarded a Q6 bus near Sutphin Boulevard and Rockaway Boulevard around 9 p.m. on May 18 when she was killed, according to police. The gunman allegedly fired multiple times into the bus from the sidewalk.

Anyone with information in regards to this homicide or the whereabouts of Kevin McClinton is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit tips by logging onto Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to CRIMES (274637) and entering TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

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As family mourns teen, community expresses outrage over bus shooting


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What community leaders are calling a “senseless act of violence” has left a 14-year-old girl dead, a family devastated and a neighborhood outraged.

D’aja “Asia” Robinson was shot and killed on Saturday aboard a Q6 bus near Sutphin Boulevard and Rockaway Boulevard. Robinson was on her way from a sweet 16 birthday party when a shooter allegedly fired multiple times into the bus from the sidewalk, police said.

“That was my only child. My heart. My everything,” Shadia Sands, the teen’s mother, said through tears. “I don’t know how to deal with this.”

Since the incident, there has been an outpouring of grief from the community. Friends and family covered a bulletin board near the bus stop with hundreds of messages to Robinson. They described her as a charismatic, sweet girl who was a gifted singer and dancer.

Her grandmother, Cheryl Sands, stood at the board, stroking pictures of “her baby.”

“I’d die myself for [her] to come back here and live [her] life,” she said. “My heart is bleeding. She was a good girl.”

The southeast Queens community came together on Tuesday to call on the shooter or shooters to come forward. NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly said police are looking for a suspect between the ages of 18 and 25 who was last seen wearing a black sweater, according to reports.

“South Jamaica is standing unified behind this family,” said Councilmember Ruben Wills.

Wills noted that prior to the shooting, the area went 255 days without a violent incident and said that South Jamaica is “not a hyper-violent community.”

The City Council announced it allocated $4.8 million to initiatives such as Cure Violence to put an end to shootings. Wills said there will be a meeting next month to discuss directing resources to the community.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said the city hopes to “make this a summer where we don’t have to ever gather again to talk about the end of a child’s life.”

“What we do know is that we failed [Robinson]. The United States Congress in particular failed to protect her,” said Congressmember Gregory Meeks.

Meeks called on the Congress to “enact meaningful gun control legislation to help stop the carnage in communities and homes and now buses across the nation.”

Students at Robinson’s school, Campus Magnet High School, wore purple, pink and blue earlier this week in memory of their classmate.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit tips by logging onto Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to CRIMES (274637) and entering TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

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14-year-old shot to death on Queens bus


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A 14-year-old girl was shot in the head and killed aboard a Queens bus Saturday night, said police.

The teen, identified as D’aja Robinson, was on the Q6 bus at Sutphin Boulevard near Rockaway Boulevard in Jamaica around 9 p.m. when she was struck.

Robinson was part of a group that had recently left a sweet 16 party and had just boarded the bus when the shooting occurred, according to published reports. A man from the street allegedly fired around 9 shots at the bus.

NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said police are looking for a suspect between the ages of 18 and 25 who was last seen wearing a black sweater, according to reports.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto Crime Stoppers website by texting their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

Last updated Monday, May 20

 

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