Bajans doing their thing on Eastern Parkway yesterday. (Pictures by Clyde Jones.)
LIKE OTHER WEST INDIAN HOUSEHOLDS in New York in recent years, a Bajan family is today mourning the loss of a relative to gun violence, which occurred during one of the happiest times of the year for West Indians.
According to New York City Police Department reports, 49-year-old Bajan immigrant David Dottin, the father of two children and a Brooklyn resident, was shot and killed with a bullet to the head. It is being described as a “drive-by shooting” Sunday night that took place several hours before the pre-carnival jump-up, J’ouvert, began in the heart of Crown Heights and East Flatbush in Brooklyn yesterday morning. It also occurred a distance away from the parade and festival routes.
Both the Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, and the Police Commissioner James O’Neill, as well as Brooklyn Borough president Eric Adams, said yesterday the tragedy occurred before the carnival parade got under way, suggesting that the violence had nothing to do with the deaths and injuries that have plagued the Caribbean festival in recent years.
As many as five victims were murdered in shootings between 2013 and 2016 before or after the carnival. Most of the victims were from Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, and other countries, allegedly shot and killed by members of youth gangs who live in and around Crown Heights and East Flatbush, two communities with large West Indian populations. (TB)
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