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Haitian-American Man Gunned Down in Brooklyn

NYPD officers and detectives gather evidence at the scene where a 21-year-old man was fatally gunned down with a bullet hitting his head in broad daylight on Brooklyn Avenue near Foster Avenue in East Flatbush on April 10, 2019, in Brooklyn.

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

Haitian Times

Haitian Times

The Haitian Times was founded in 1999 as a weekly English language newspaper based in Brooklyn, NY.The newspaper is widely regarded as the most authoritative voice for Haitian Diaspora.
Haitian Times
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Apr. 12, 2019

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