So when you are contacted by a young woman who is worried that her father's murder isn't getting the attention it deserves, it puts the rest of our problems in a different perspective.
Last November, while most of us were preparing to celebrate Thanksgiving with our families, the Rosario family in Woodhaven was preparing to bury their beloved husband and father, Carlos. A resident of Woodhaven, Carlos Rosario was murdered in Brooklyn during a robbery at the tire shop that he owned and operated in Bushwick. It was a Sunday morning and someone had come in, looking to buy hubcaps. What transpired next is known to only one man - the man that fired three shots into Carlos Rosario, killing him instantly.
While the story was covered in the Daily News and the Post, there was little to no follow up and the story quickly faded from the public eye.
"It was difficult," said Ismelda Rosario, referring to the weeks and months after the murder. "The police kept telling us that this was a high priority case, but besides them, no one else seemed to feel that way."
And so the Rosario family reached out to the Woodhaven Residents' Block Association for some assistance in bringing attention to the case, to help ensure that it would not become a cold case prematurely. At the time of the incident we had seen the article in the newspapers, we saw that the family lived in Woodhaven, and we even shared the article on Facebook with residents.
But we did not reach out to the family. Simply put, we dropped the ball and for that we are genuinely sorry. But thanks to the Rosario family we now have a second chance to stand beside them.
The killer is described as a black man about 40 years old and 6-feet tall, but no sketch of the suspect has yet been released by the NYPD. The incident took place at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, November 20th at the Bushwick Tire Shop on Decatur Street. The case is being handled by the 83rd precinct and there is currently a $12,000 reward for information that leads to the capture of the murderer.
Anyone with information about this heinous act is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-8477 (refer to code BK-2126 when calling). All callers to Crime Stoppers remain anonymous - you do not have to give your name to collect the reward.
As residents sharing a community we all need to do what we can to stand by each other, to offer support to each other when needed. This goes for everything from noise issues to sanitation issues to circumstances as sad and tragic as this. Clip this article out and pin it to your bulletin board. If you're reading this article online, share it on Facebook and Twitter. If you have friends and family in Brooklyn, especially anywhere near Bushwick, send this to them. Ask them to share it. Take a few seconds to help us spread the word.
Carlos Rosario was a resident of Woodhaven. He was one of ours. Stand by his family and help ensure that what happened to their beloved Carlos is not forgotten.
Ed Wendell is the President of the Woodhaven Residents' Block Association and President of the Woodhaven Cultural and Historical Society.