The Q at Parkside

(for those for whom the Parkside Q is their hometrain)

News and Nonsense from the Brooklyn neighborhood of Lefferts and environs, or more specifically a neighborhood once known as Melrose Park. Sometimes called Lefferts Gardens. Or Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. Or PLG. Or North Flatbush. Or Caledonia (west of Ocean). Or West Pigtown. Across From Park Slope. Under Crown Heights. Near Drummer's Grove. The Side of the Park With the McDonalds. Jackie Robinson Town. Home of Lefferts Manor. West Wingate. Near Kings County Hospital. Or if you're coming from the airport in taxi, maybe just Flatbush is best.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Please Join Us for Tonight's Vigil In Memory of Fatima Gordon

It might rain, but it might not. But to show support for the grieving family, and despite what you might think about the circumstances of the shooting, please join your neighbors for a candlelight vigil at the victim's home - 80 Clarkson - tonight at 7:30pm. People will start gathering at 7pm. Hopefully we'll see elected officials, clergy and NYPD joining us, and enough numbers that there needn't be any reason for you to be fearful. This is an expression of solidarity, not a protest and not a confrontation with the perpetrators. In fact, folks related to the intended targets will likely be in attendance and grieving along with the rest of us.

Lest there be any confusion: there is work to be done, and we can figure out how that should look and who should take the lead. Understandably, many of us are seriously concerned about the next steps and whether there's any real good towards the future that come of this. BUT...there's a family in pain right now, and the least we can do is show that we care. I'm not interested in guilting anyone into participating. Please show up if you can spare the time.

A little bit more that I've learned from the victim's family: at least one of the "other" shooting victims is on life-support. I don't know his name, though I'm told he goes by Jack. If you've been watching the street closely, you'd recognize him as the tall and big man (at least 260 lbs I'd say) that has been described to me by cops as a ring leader. He was definitely an intended target. The shooter has been identified, but he's on the lam and is the target of a serious manhunt.

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