Ed Wendell
Feb 17, 2015 | 3686 views | 0 0 comments | 74 74 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Over the weekend, we were struck by the terrible news that a young man was killed in front of his home here on 89th Street just off Atlantic Avenue.

Eric Roman of Woodhaven was shot three times around noon on Friday and succumbed to his injuries at Jamaica Hospital a day later. At press time, police had not yet announced a suspect; the only information they have released about the shooter is that he fled in a dark-colored Mercedes Benz.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of this young man and we hope they receive some measure of solace by the eventual arrest and capture of the person who committed this heinous crime.

In order for the police to bring Eric Roman’s killer to justice, they need help from the public. Somewhere out there is one or more persons who know who fired those shots on 89th Street and we hope they will come forward and tell the police what they know.

You can do so anonymously, by calling 1-800-577-TIPS, by visiting nypdcrimestoppers.com or by sending a text to CRIMES (274637). Whether on your phone or on your computer, your privacy will remain intact; your phone number, email address and IP address will never be logged or stored anywhere.

After telling what you know, you will receive a reference number that you can use to follow-up with the NYPD later on. And if your tip leads to an arrest and conviction, you can receive rewards from $2000 and up.

To sum it up, it’s easy and anonymous and if getting a dangerous killer off the street isn’t enough incentive, you could be financially rewarded.

Several times over the past few years, in the wake of similar shocking incidents, we’ve heard from residents who are scared and wonder what’s happening to our community. It’s a completely natural reaction to feel frightened when something so brutal happens on the streets we walk on, the streets our children use to walk to school.

And once the fear settles, the next natural reaction is to wonder what, if anything, can be done to stop things like this from ever happening again in our community.

You’re not going to like this answer, but the sad truth is that some things you just can’t stop from happening, here or anywhere else. In all likelihood, you could have had a police officer stationed on every other block and it wouldn’t have stopped what happened last week.

Instead, what you can do to help your community is to become a strong voice in defense of it. Help your community by notifying the police of criminal activity and trouble spots so that they can be cleaned up before they lead to other, possibly larger, crimes.

Two years ago, the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association worked with the NYPD to sign residents up for the Block Watchers Program. Through this program, residents are given ID Numbers they can use when calling 911, which identifies them as trained and vetted by the NYPD.

Your Block Watcher ID expires after two years, so we will be scheduling new sessions for re-training. If you are at all concerned with crime in our community, you will take advantage of this opportunity to do something about it.

This will be a topic for discussion this Saturday, at the monthly town hall meeting hosted by the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association. The meeting kicks off at noon at American Legion Post 118, 89-02 91st Street, corner of 91st Street and 89th Avenue behind PS 60.

Representatives from the 102nd Precinct regularly attend these town hall meetings and you can expect this incident to be the top topic of conversation.

Simply put, the less you know, the easier it is to be frightened. Come out to the American Legion this Saturday and meet your neighbors, and meet the officers who are out there to protect us. It can really make a difference.

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