West Farms Man Shot Dead Before Anti-Violence Rally

Community members march against violence after a 26 year-old woman was shot dead on East 214 Street in Williamsbridge. Photo by David Greene

Community members and Stand Up to Violence march against violence after a 26 year-old woman was shot dead on East 214 Street in Williamsbridge. Photo by David Greene

by David Greene
Minutes before an anti-violence rally was to be held for a young woman shot dead on a deserted street in Williamsbridge, a 19 year-old man was killed in a hail of gunfire on a street in West Farms, less than two miles away.
The father of homicide victim Margarita Fraco addresses members of the media on the death of his daughter. Photo by David Greene

The father of homicide victim Margarita Fraco addresses members of the media on the death of his daughter. Photo by David Greene

The demonstration was organized by members of Stand Up to Violence (SUV) after the shooting death of Margarita Franco, 26, who was shot one time in the back of the head along East 214 Street, at 2:30 a.m. on April 2.
Councilman Andy King joins family of murdered woman, minutes before the rally a 19 year-old man was shot dead in West Farms. Photo by David Greene

Councilman Andy King joins family of murdered woman, minutes before the rally a 19 year-old man was shot dead in West Farms. Photo by David Greene

At SUV’s April 11th rally, dozens of community residents and Councilman Andy King, joined the Franco family as they marched through the streets of Williamsbridge demanding an end to gun violence.
Members of the NYPD's Crime Scene Unit investigate the shooting death of Stephon Hill in West Farms. Photo by David Greene

Members of the NYPD’s Crime Scene Unit investigate the shooting death of Stephon Hill in West Farms. Photo by David Greene

Unknown to rally participants, less than a half hour before the demonstration was to begin, 19 year-old Stephon Hill was shot dead along East 181 Street in West Farms.
No arrests have been made in either case and police continue to hunt for a man seen on video surveillance talking to Franco moments before her death.
A memorial continues to grow for Margarita Franco, found murdered on April 2. Photo by David Greene

A memorial continues to grow for Margarita Franco, found murdered on April 2. Photo by David Greene

In Hill’s murder sources say police were looking for a male Hispanic wearing a black hat who fled in a silver Honda and a male black who fled from the scene on foot.
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