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Sep 30, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Man nabbed after fatally shooting foe outside Bronx restaurant


A Westchester County man has been arrested for the fatal shooting of a 29-year-old man during a fight that spilled out of a Bronx restaurant, police said Saturday.


Cops say Kenton Connerly, 49, shot Lorenzo Daley, 29, once in the neck outside Simply Seafood on White Plains Rd. near Allerton Ave. in Allerton about 7:30 p.m. Friday.


Connerly was taken into custody at the scene but not charged until Saturday.


Medics rushed Daley, who lived in Mount Vernon, to Jacobi Medical Center where he died, authorities said.

Man dies after being beaten, left for dead on Bronx sidewalk


Connerly, of Port Chester, was charged with murder and weapon possession, police said.

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Sep 30, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Bronx apartment building fire kills 2, leaves 5 others injured


A fire in a Bronx apartment building killed two men and injured five others early Saturday, including one resident who remains in critical condition, officials said.


The fire erupted on the tenth floor of the 13-story building on E. Tremont Ave. near Dogwood Drive in Parkchester around 1:10 a.m., officials said.


First responders rushed John Quinones, 75, to Jacobi Medical Center, where he died.


Investigators found another man unconscious and unresponsive in a hallway in the building. He died at the scene. First responders were not immediately able to identify him. The city Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine his cause of death.

Hundreds evacuate as Bronx blaze consumes apartment building


Derri Thomas, 53, a resident on the 11th floor, woke up to the smell of smoke around 1 a.m.


“I couldn’t sleep because it was coming into my nose so strongly,” she said. “I was alarmed. I looked through the peephole and saw firefighters in the hallway.”


Thomas said she saw a man being taken out on a stretcher an hour and a half later.


“They were trying to revive him,” she said. “There were ambulances and fire trucks everywhere.”

Three injured in Bronx building facade collapse


A critically injured resident and two others in serious but stable condition were taken to Jacobi Medical Center, officials said.


Two firefighters suffered minor injuries battling the blaze.

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BRONX NEWS: Man shot dead in street brawl outside Bronx eatery


A man was fatally shot after a fight at a Bronx restaurant spilled out into the street Friday, police said.


Lorenzo Daley, 29, was shot once in the neck outside Simply Seafood on White Plains Rd. near Allerton Ave. in Allerton around 7:30 p.m., according to cops.


Medics rushed Daley, who lived in nearby Mount Vernon, to Jacobi Medical Center where he died, authorities said.


An unidentified person was taken into custody at the scene but they were not immediately charged, police said.

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Sep 29, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Bronx school stabber says he didn’t mean to kill his bully


The accused teen killer calls it a case of murder by mistake.


Jailed homicide suspect Abel Cedeno claims he brought a two-week old switchblade to school strictly for self-defense, with no thought of carving up two classmates.


“I guess I just snapped,” Cedeno told the Daily News in a Rikers Island interview. “I didn’t mean to kill him. I wanted to scare him.”


The bisexual Bronx teen accused of fatally gutting classmate Matthew McRee, 15, insisted Friday that he never intended to plunge the serrated knife into his unarmed victim’s torso.


McRee’s best friend, 16-year-old Ariane Laboy, was stabbed in the chest Wednesday morning during a history class that turned into a bloodbath before horrified students and faculty.


Laboy remained hospitalized two days after the attack.


Cedeno, speaking at the jail where he was held without bail and under a suicide watch, insisted he was the victim of anti-gay bullying long before his angry explosion inside the East Tremont high school.


“They bully me because I’m different,” said Cedeno, 18, who was charged with murder and attempted murder in the Bronx classroom melee. “I’m not like the other guys. My voice is higher.”


The soft-spoken suspect chatted with a reporter in an emotionless tone about the verbal and occasionally physical abuse inflicted on him since middle school over his sexuality.


Fellow students slurred him as a “f—-t,” while angrier classmates slammed Cedeno into hallway lockers, he said.


Cedeno, who said he identifies as bisexual, wore a gray jumpsuit as he answered questions about the first slaying inside a city school since 1993.


At one point, he removed his glasses and wiped at his eyes.


The accused killer said he was unsure if the stabbing really happened after he walked into the school principal’s office and surrendered the knife.


“I was having a panic attack,” he said.


Cedeno, who brought the switchblade online about two weeks prior to the bloody school stabbing spree, insisted that he made the purchase “to protect myself.”


He was arrested without incident after stabbing McRee and Laboy at the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation, cops said.


On Friday, about half the student body stayed home rather then return to the scene of the crime.


Both Mayor de Blasio and the City Council announced plans for Monday hearings on the bullying issue.


Statistics indicate that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning students are twice as likely to be bullied in city schools as heterosexual kids.


The 2015 New York City Youth Risk Behavior Survey shows 24% of LGBTQ students were bullied on school property, compared with 13% of non-LGBTQ youth.


Roughly half of LGBTQ students had experienced depression, compared to about a quarter of their non-LGBTQ peers, the study indicated.


And despite Education Department moves to support LGBTQ students, including the hiring of a public liaison, more needs to be done, according to critics.


“Principals and teachers still feel unsupported in their efforts to combat bullying in their schools, especially as it relates to LGBT issues,” said Council member Daniel Dromm, chair of its education committee.


Cedeno recounted a somewhat rootless life, bouncing between homes and a shelter in Queens and the Bronx and attending at least seven different schools over the years.


This was his fifth year at the wildlife-focused “Zoo School,” where he was repeating the 12th grade.


“Abell felt an isolation because all his closest friends had already graduated,” said a school math teacher Friday. “He was committed to the performing arts. Abel wanted to be an actor.”


Though classes only started on Sept. 7, Cedeno estimated he had already missed 10 days. His father is battling lung cancer, and his mom is trapped in Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria.


Family friends claim Cedeno was the target of ethnic and anti-gay slurs since the school year began three weeks ago. But police said neither of the youths stabbed Wednesday had any prior beef with Cedeno.


“I will hold their memory in my heart,” Cedeno said of MeRee, who died shortly after the stabbing, and Laboy, who remained hospitalized.


Cedeno acknowledged ignoring family members and other supporters who turned out for his Thursday arraignment in Bronx Criminal Court.


“I didn’t turn around to look at the people,” he said. “I feel like a failure.”

With KERRY BURKE

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BRONX NEWS: Bronx woman accused of killing pregnant pal seeks therapist


The sight of a swooning juror sent a Bronx woman accused of butchering a pregnant friend during a gruesome amateur C-section running Friday to see her therapist.


Ashleigh Wade refused to leave Rikers Island for court after the Thursday incident where one of the jurors deciding her fate keeled over as the panel viewed horrific photos of victim Angelikque Sutton’s mutilated body.


Wade, 23, collapsed immediately after leaving court, curling up into a ball and weeping Thursday, said defense attorney Amy Attis.


“She was extremely disturbed and was not able to speak very well,” said Attis. “She thought her actions had hurt the juror. She started sobbing, saying ‘I have to see my counselor.’”

Photo of murdered pregnant woman makes juror pass out


On Friday, Wade waived her appearance in the courtroom via video before Bronx Justice Margaret Clancy dismissed woozy Juror No. 7.


The rest of the jury declined Clancy’s offer to exit the panel as well, and the stomach-turning testimony continued in the Nov. 20, 2015, killing.


The case was expected to go to the jury next week. Sutton was killed as Wade allegedly carved the baby out of her womb — and then kidnapped the infant named Jenasis, passing the baby off as her own.


Forensic pathologist Declan Mcguone, whose display of body parts led to Thursday’s fainting spell, testified that Sutton’s body bore 50 sharp force injuries.

Bronx woman pleads not guilty in pregnant friend’s stabbing


The woman was stabbed 25 times on her hands, wrists and arms, injuries consistent with Sutton trying to defend herself, Mcguone testified.


There were four cuts across the victim’s abdomen to access the unborn child, said Mcguone. A relative of the victim began sobbing as the witness continued his graphic testimony.


Attias told Bronx Supreme Court Justice Margaret Clancy her client made a sound decision.


“She was calm and coherent. She executed the waiver of appearance,” the lawyer said. “She was happy to not be here today. She was happy to see her mental health therapist today.”


Defendants can waive their right to be present for trial after they have been advised of their absolute right to be present in court for all proceedings.


Wade pretended to be pregnant for months before allegedly slicing Sutton’s abdomen to perform a hellish cesarean section.


Prosecutors say Wade deliberately stabbed Sutton in the neck and other places to avoid the baby. Attias says the act was the work of a mentally ill woman.


Wade faces up to life in prison for murder, kidnapping and weapons possession.

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BRONX NEWS: Mom recalls horror of seeing dying son after Bx. school stabbing


On the last morning of his life, Matthew McCree woke up his mom and asked about making her breakfast: Pancakes, four pieces of bacon, scrambled eggs.


Hours later, Louna Dennis watched in horror as the dying 15-year-old was wheeled out of his Bronx high school on a stretcher.


“I lost it,” the 34-year-old Dennis told the Daily News. “The police were holding me back. I was screaming, ‘My son! My son!’ I dropped to the ground.”


A weepy Dennis spoke out Friday for the first time, two days after her son was fatally stabbed by a fellow student in the middle of a history class at the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation.

Here’s a recent history of violence in NYC schools


“My son was no bully,” said Dennis, refuting stories that Matthew was stabbed for tormenting 18-year-old Abel Cedeno. “He was a wonderful child and everybody got along with him.


“The bullying story surprised me. I’d like to know where that came from. My son had no problems at school.”


According to police, McCree and his best pal Ariane Laboy, 16, had no history of bullying accused murderer Cedeno.


But cops also said the two teens instigated the fight by tossing wads of paper and pieces of broken pencils at Cedeno during the Wednesday morning class.

Student stabbed to death with switchblade at Bronx school


Laboy was in critical but stable conditions after surviving the switchblade attack in a fifth-floor classroom. Cedeno smuggled the blade into a school that has no metal detectors.


Dennis started crying as she spoke about the kids in their Bronx building appearing at her apartment in tears over the fatal stabbing.


Matthew’s stepbrother Kyle Victor “had to get taken out of school because he won’t stop crying,” said Dennis.


The family intends to hold a funeral for the slain teenager before considering any legal action in the slaying.


“There are serious legal issues involving the Department of Education and the NYPD school safety division that must be addressed here,” said family attorney Sanford Rubenstein.


Dennis said she kept Matthew in the Bronx high school because it was a smaller school and she considered it a safer option.


“My son was happy,” said the mourning mother. “He wanted to play basketball in the future, and especially go to college at Fordham University.”

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BRONX NEWS: Sister of last city school stabbing victim relives the trauma


The details of the city’s first school slaying since 1993 left Angela Jimenez heartbroken all over again.


“When (I read) that he stabbed the victim in the chest, I started crying,” the 43-year-old Lower East Side resident told the Daily News. “It was devastating. I cried. It just brings me flashbacks.


“It still, to this day, it still hurts.”


Her brother Angel Jimenez, 15, was fatally stabbed by a fellow student back in February 1993 in a dispute over a pair of sunglasses.

De Blasio’s policies in question after Bronx school stabbing


Bronx student Matthew McCree was just 15 as well when he was fatally knifed Wednesday inside a classroom at the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation.


Jimenez noted other similarities between the slayings: Officials in both schools were supposedly aware of previous issues involving the suspected killer.


And neither school was equipped with metal detectors to expose the hidden blades brought inside the buildings 24 years apart.


“What hurts me the most is that the Board of Education should wait for something like this to happen in order for them to do what’s right,” said the hospital worker.

Bronx teen who killed classmate was mocked with homophobic slurs


“They failed,” she added. “They failed with my brother. The Board of Education has failed again.”


Angel Jimenez and his killer, John Rodriguez, butted heads on several occasions before the killing in a crowded hallway at J.H.S. 25 on the Lower East Side.


Friends of Bronx stabber Abel Cedeno claimed school officials ignored his complaints of bullying from fellow students before the knife-wielding teen lashed out.


In both cases, Angela Jimenez felt city school officials could have done more to defuse the situations before blood spilled in the schools.

Student stabbed to death with switchblade at Bronx school


“It’s devastating and it’s sad and it’s crazy that your children or your family member, whoever it is, supposed to go to school, it’s supposed to be the safest place, and things like this happen,” she added.


Angela sent her condolences to the McCree family, whose son sat inside his history class shortly before his death in a Bronx hospital.


“I’m so sorry for their loss,” said Angela Jimenez. “Seeing my mom, and it’s been 24 years — she lost her whole life that day. So I can only imagine.”

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BRONX NEWS: VIDEO: Bully hit classmate in school harassed student killed teen


A chilling cellphone video captures a cowering child cornered inside a Bronx school’s bathroom before taking a punch to the head from a bullying classmate.


The 39-second clip was apparently shot last May at the building shared by Public School 67 and the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation, home to a fatal Wednesday stabbing.


“That could’ve been my child,” said mom Erika Estrella, 23, whose 8-year-old son is a second-grader at P.S. 67. “My child gets bullied all the time in here. I have to talk to my son and let him know how to handle himself, about what to do and what not to do.”


The video, reportedly showing two sixth-grade boys, is circulating among parents at the school where a 15-year-old boy was savagely stabbed to death by a classmate in the middle of a history class.

De Blasio’s policies in question after Bronx school stabbing


The video captures the bigger student taunting the smaller child as the little boy cringes, protecting his head with his hands before taking an overhand right.


“I have instructed my team to conduct a thorough investigation on all issues, and this is underway,” Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña said Thursday when asked about the video.


Staffers at the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation reported just seven bullying incidents to state Education Department officials last year. School staffers noted just a single incident of cyberbullying over the same 12 months.


Family friends of suspect Abel Cedeno, 18, alleged he was bullied by classmates hurling hateful barbs about the accused killer’s sexuality and his Hispanic heritage.

Bronx teen who killed classmate was mocked with homophobic slurs


Estrella accused school officials of turning a blind eye to bullying of smaller kids like her son, and alleged another bathroom shoving incident left a child with a chipped tooth.


“This stuff has been going on and they don’t do anything about it,” she said.

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Sep 28, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Photo of murdered pregnant woman makes juror pass out


A female juror passed out Thursday at the sight of a gruesome photo in the murder trial of a Bronx woman charged with killing her pregnant pal and carving out her baby.


The Bronx Supreme Court trial came to a halt when, during the graphic testimony of medical examiner Declan Mcguone, prosecutors entered photos of the victim’s mutilated body from her Nov. 21, 2015 autopsy.


The forensic pathologist stood and pointed to an enlarged image of victim Angelikque Sutton’s detached uterus and umbilical cord on a big-screen TV, just feet from the jury box.


That’s when Justice Margaret Clancy noticed Juror No. 7, a middle-aged woman, was out cold and slumped in her seat and cleared the courtroom.


The witness put his medical training into action and checked the unconscious juror’s vitals as court officers emptied at least two dozen onlookers from the gallery around 3:10 p.m.


“It appears the juror fainted,” the judge announced after the roughly 45-minute recess, during which an ambulance transported the woman for a hospital check-up.


The judge told the rest of the jury their colleague was awake but adjourned the trial of suspect Ashleigh Wade to Friday.


“That must have shook you guys up, like it did everyone, when the juror was unresponsive,” Clancy said before dismissing the group.


Clancy had taken the rare step during jury selection of offering a free pass to opt out of jury duty due to the grisly nature of the case.


Mcguone testified that the 22-year-old victim died from multiple stab and wounds on and around her neck, and bled out before the baby was removed.


Prosecutors say Wade coldly and carefully killed Sutton to save the child she would later steal. Jurors saw photos of cuts around her mouth and on her neck.


Wade, 23, is accused of faking a pregnancy for months before murdering Sutton on Nov. 20, 2015 at her Monticello Ave. apartment in the Wakefield section of the Bronx.


The baby, Jenasis, miraculously survived the ordeal.


Wade briefly tried to pass off the infant as her own before cops arrested her, authorities said.


A lawyer for Wade has argued she was not in her right mind at the time of the killing.

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BRONX NEWS: NYCHA growing its urban farms program in Bronx, Staten Island


The city is planting a seed at two more NYCHA developments — building urban farms where kids can cultivate their green thumbs.


New farms will be built at the Forest Houses in the Bronx and a yet to be chosen NYCHA complex on Staten Island, officials announced Wednesday. The city will spend 0,000 on the project.


Farms have already opened at four other sites — sprouting crops of okra, eggplant, radishes, cucumbers, cherries and more.


“For communities that have been neglected for too long, farms like this mean new opportunities for healthy food, for exercise, for employment,” said first lady Chirlane McCray, who visited the farm at Wagner Houses in East Harlem to announce the plan.


The existing farms have given out more than 25,000 pounds of produce free to NYCHA residents.


“It’s become a catchphrase, farm to table, which means rural, it doesn’t mean inner city,” said TV chef Carla Hall, who toured the farm with the pols, welcoming the site of “these gardens built on top of asphalt.”


“These kids … are trying new foods that they would never try before because their hands are in the soil,” she said.

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BRONX NEWS: Bronx teen who killed classmate was mocked with homophobic slurs


A Bronx teen accused of fatally stabbing a bullying classmate was tormented with homophobic and racist slurs until he finally exploded, according to family friends.


The bullying and abuse heaped upon Abel Cedeno, 18, was previously reported to officials at his Bronx high school without any response, said friend Savannah Hornbeck as accused killer Abel Cedeno awaited arraignment.


“The kids were calling him a f—-t, calling him a s–c,” said Hornbeck, 34. “After it had been reported numerous times and there was no reaction from the school, Abel felt (there was) no other way out.”


Cedeno was arrested Wednesday for the murder of 15-year-old Matthew McCree and the stabbing of a second youth as horrified students in their history class watched helplessly.

Student stabbed to death with switchblade at Bronx school


It was the first slaying inside a city school since February 1993.


A second Cedeno family friend, Iris Couvertier, said she spoke with Abel inside the 48th Precinct after his arrest.


“Those two kids in the class, they hit him,” she said. “He said that they hit him in the face. He said it’s because he’s gay or bisexual.”


Hornbeck said Cedeno often returned home in tears after enduring the bullying of McCree and the second stabbing victim Ariane Laboy, 16.


As cops led Cedeno out of the precinct late Wednesday, the suspect — wearing a pink T-shirt, a gray hoodie and a pensive stare — silently mouthed the word “yes” when asked if he was bullied.


He’d recently purchased the alleged murder weapon online, police said.


Laboy remained in critical but stable condition at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx. McCree was pronounced dead at the same hospital — where his mother was working at the time of the attacks, according to her husband.


“His mother is in bad shape,” said spouse Kyle Victor, 34. “She’s still in shock. She’s still not crying. She’s numb.”


Victor defended the accused bully as a “a good kid, very smart, very loving.”


McCree and Laboy were breaking pencils and tossing the broken pieces at Cedeno’s head before the accused killer attacked his tormentors, police said.


Cedeno lunged at McCree with his stainless steel switchblade, stabbing and slashing the victim’s chest and torso, police said.


According to police sources, Cedeno never said a word to cops about why he was targeted by McCree, Laboy and other classmates since school began Sept. 7.


“He never went into specifics,” said one NYPD source. “If family and word on the street are saying that he was gay, there may be some truth to that.”


Cedeno’s move from the classroom to the courtroom came after authorities installed metal detectors early Thursday at the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation in East Tremont.


Mayor de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina were on hand to welcome students back into the troubled school less than 24 hours after the stabbing spattered blood across a fifth-floor classroom. 

With Graham Rayman, Thomas Tracy

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BRONX NEWS: Here’s a recent history of violence in NYC schools


Until Wednesday’s stabbing in the Bronx, a killing had not occurred inside a city school for nearly a quarter-century. These are the last few times it happened:


Feb. 24, 1993: A 15-year-old emotionally disabled student at Junior High School 25 on the Lower East Side stabbed a classmate to death. School officials at the time said there were a series of altercations between the two when John Rodriguez killed Angel Jimenez.


Sept. 21, 1992: Damion Ennis, 15, was stabbed to death in a hallway at South Shore High School in Canarsie, Brooklyn. He was attacked by classmate Michael Bubb, who was wielding a dagger, police said at the time. A dean and school security guard saw the attack and grabbed Bubb, but it was too late for Ennis.


Feb. 26, 1992: A teen gunman shot two rivals to death inside Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn. The shooting took place just 15 feet from two police officers and happened about an hour before then-Mayor David Dinkins had planned to visit the school.


Schools have not been immune to violence since then:



Jan. 15, 2002: Two students, ages 16 and 17, were shot inside Martin Luther King Jr. High School on the Upper West Side but survived.


June 18, 2014: Noel Estevez, 14, fatally stabbed Timothy Crump, also 14, outside Intermediate School 117 on Morris Ave. in Mount Hope, the Bronx. Police said Estevez killed his classmate, and onetime friend, because he had robbed him and taken his cell phone.

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