The Gang War That Wasn't

A Far Rockaway murder lit the fuse of a longstanding conflict, but a remarkable peace arrived instead

Snug mediated about 70 conflicts. Lance Feurtado estimates that at least a third of those directly or indirectly stemmed from the murder. Without the mediation "it woulda been ugly," says Hill. "It would have been outrageous."

"Just from that killing, might have been 20, 30 bodies out there," says Todd Feurtado. "And the killing might still be going on today."

Snug's funding dried up in June of last year. The Feurtados were forced to leave.

“Everybody was thinking it was going to be retaliation,” says Janay Hill.
Willie Davis
“Everybody was thinking it was going to be retaliation,” says Janay Hill.
Lance and Todd Feurtado had street cred: they helped run a drug empire in Jamaica, Queens, in the ’80s and ’90s.
Willie Davis
Lance and Todd Feurtado had street cred: they helped run a drug empire in Jamaica, Queens, in the ’80s and ’90s.

On July 14, 2012, three days before the first anniversary of Ramel Gittens's death, a 22-year-old was shot near the front of Redfern. He survived. The incident stemmed from a personal beef unrelated to the murder. The streak of no shooting victims was broken.

But the truce between front and back was sturdier than that. In the year since, there has been peace at Redfern.

asamaha@villagevoice.com

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rugeirn
rugeirn

Terrific piece. An exemplary demonstration of what leadership can accomplish. And of course the effort lost its funding. Hey, this is America; that's how we do things.

 
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