The mother of a young man gunned down on a Brooklyn street struggled Thursday to understand how she had lost her only child.
Born in Haiti, raised in New York, Clevens Valcin, 21, was everything to his mother.
“No eat, no sleep, nothing,” said Leslie Petit, 51, through uncontrollable sobbing. “My only son. Twenty-one — I lost my son!”
Valcin took a bullet in the head in East Flatbush at around 4:10 pm Wednesday. His killer shot him on Brooklyn Ave., near Foster Ave., then fled with an accomplice in a Nissan Maxima.
He was rushed to Kings County Hospital, but could not be saved.
That left his family struggling to answer the question on all of their minds: Why?
“I don’t know if he got a problem with a friend, or disrespect somebody, I don’t know,” said Jean Vilgrain, 65, his stepfather, tears filling his eyes.
Vilgrain said he raised a disciplined son, who usually adhered to his curfew. But Vilgrain’s long commutes to the Far Rockaways, where he works as a school custodian, made it hard to keep a tabs on who he hung out with, he said. Continue reading