DATE: Sunday, June 28, 2009 at approximately 2:20 a.m.
LOCATION: 67 Montrose Ave, Brooklyn.
Raul Rosa, a father of two who earned his living fixing windows, was laid to rest Friday at Linden Hill Cemetery in Ridgewood, Queens, his sister told us today.
Rosa, 29, of the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn was shot fatally outside a nightclub on June 28, after he tried to break up a fight that erupted following a hip-hop concert for unsigned artists. He left behind a 9-year-old daughter, and a 3-year-old son. His killer remains at large.
“He was a great man, a working man, a great father to his kids, and a mentor to a lot of the young guys out here,” Jessica Rosa tells the Voice.
Rosa says she was inside the Mi Gente Sports Bar and Lounge when an altercation brewed between friends of her brother and another group of men. She says the fight started after someone disrespected the bartender.
“They started punching each other,” she says. “My brother separated them so they wouldn’t fight. My brother’s friends were thrown out. He went outside to make sure they got home. He didn’t want anyone to fight and mess up the night because it was a great night. My brother was by the car, the guys were ready to leave, that’s when one of the locals came out and shot him.”
Rosa says that the club managers failed to order every customer searched before allowing them into the club. “The bouncers were picking and choosing who they searched,” she says.
She says the club also would not allow people to leave immediately after the shooting.
Rosa was also unhappy with some errors in a police report and newspaper articles on the shooting. The NYPD’s public information office said Rosa had been shot in the leg. In fact, he was shot in the chest by one of six bullets that were sprayed at a car he was standing near.
The local tabloids reported that he was left to die in the street. In fact, his friends quickly put him in a car and drove him to Woodhull Hospital before police had arrived.
Rosa was also upset that the tabs suggested that her brother’s prior arrest for drug possession may have had something to do with the murder. That arrest took place 5 years ago, and had nothing to do with the shooting, she said.
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This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 6, 2009