21-year-old Air Force veteran Fabian Gonzalez was shot and killed on Saturday at 2:30 a.m. while walking with his cousin on Lyvere St. According to police, the pair argued with a group of men, one of whom drew a gun and shot Gonzalez in the armpit and his cousin in the right calf. The pair was taken to Jacobi Hospital, where Gonzalez was pronounced dead.
Gonzalez was a former Bronxite who lived Newport News,Va. He had served on a base in New Mexicoand had left the military to enroll in nursing school. New York Daily News reports that he was visiting New York for the baptism of his cousin’s newborn child. He was going to be the child’s godfather.
CBS spoke with Gonzalez’s mother Saldana Sanchez and his aunt Felicita Saldana Wilson.
“Never in my wildest dreams would I think Fabian would die at the hands of an individual on a sidewalk,” said Gonzalez’s aunt. ”We worried about him going in to Afghanistan at the time when he graduated.”
Gonzalez’s mother said, “I always told my son to be careful because I was born and raised here and I left when I was 16 because I know what the streets do to you. He is my only son, my only child. He was a good son.”
Gonzalez’s killer is Jordan Agosto, an 18-year-old who a police source told the Daily News is a member of the Crips. The Daily News reports that he was charged with murder, manslaughter, attempted murder, assault, and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon. He has been arrested five times before.
The murder marks the second year in a row that tragedy has darkened Fleet Week’s festivities. Last year, Marine Steven Jorgensen, 22, was struck by a car and killed while crossing the West Side Highway.
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