On Martin Luther King Jr. Day’s Eve, Brooklyn Protest Against Recent Shootings of Five Teens


On the eve of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Brooklyn residents, clergy, and community leaders held an angry rally in Fort Greene protesting the most recent outbreak of violence in the borough.

Among the tragedies prompting the Sunday rally, a 16-year-old girl was shot in the face Saturday in front of the Seth Low Houses in Brownsville. That followed the shooting and wounding of four teens on Friday at Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School in Fort Greene after a basketball game.

“[We’re] asking people to stand up to gun violence,” Mike Tucker, whose oldest son was shot to death in 2005, told Channel 11. “How many people have to die?” The crowd chanted “Enough is enough!”

And not only in Brownsville and Fort Greene. On Friday afternoon, John Gilliam, 23, was shot to death on Tompkins Avenue in nearby Bed-Stuy.

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 18, 2011

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