Possible Pattern?

Today’s AMNY had a very interesting article relating to subway shooting that took place in Astoria on Labor Day.

The article goes into detail about how the murder might be part of gang related activity. We also learn that the name of the victim, Jose Sierra turned out to be incorrect. The new name listed is Jose Nava. Here is the entire article courtesy of AMNY:

The slaying of an immigrant dishwasher in a Queens subway station may be part of a larger pattern of gang attacks, police sources told Newsday.

Jose Nava, 19, was attacked in the early morning of Sept. 3, Labor Day, as he headed home to the Bronx from his job at a Greek restaurant in Astoria.

The Mexican immigrant, whom police initially identified as Jose Sierra, was set upon in the mezzanine of the Broadway station by up to six gang members who beat, stabbed and shot him before fleeing.

The suspects — who police sources said are members of Los Traviesos, Spanish for “The Troublemakers” — saw that Nava was wearing rosary beads and mistook the religious items for his membership in a gang, as some gangs wear such beads, the sources said.

Nava had no criminal record and was not in a gang, police said. He spent his days working 11-hour shifts, sending whatever money he could back to his family in Puebla, Mexico.

Three Bronx men — Jose Alvarez, 20, Emanuel Ramirez-Hernandez, 23, and Nicolas Reyes, 20 — were arrested later in the week, and all were charged with second-degree murder. They are being held without bail. Their lawyers could not be reached for comment.

Since then, the sources said, Alvarez has admitted to involvement in the June 4 shooting of a man at the Elder Avenue station, along the No. 6 line in the Bronx.

Jesus Soto, 29, who was shot once in the chest and suffered a collapsed left lung, survived. Police said Soto was shot after he and a friend accidentally bumped into the gunman and an accomplice on the train. The sources said detectives expect to charge Alvarez in that incident next week.

Nava’s killing in Astoria remains an open case as detectives press the search for up to three more suspects, including the man believed to have shot Nava.

In an unrelated gang killing in Jackson Heights, police arrested Gregorio Naxi, 23, of Elmhurst, on Tuesday night. Naxi was charged with second-degree murder and criminal weapons possession in the shooting Sunday night of Ceasar Romero, 27, on Roosevelt Avenue.

The shooting, which sources said may have involved a drug dispute between two gangs, occurred in an Operation Impact zone, one of a number of areas throughout the city that the NYPD floods with rookie police officers to create a visible presence and try to deter street crime.

What a shame that people have to be careful with what they wear! The world we live in today is so sad!

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