Last Thursday, the 46th Precinct held a block party on Harrison Avenue at West Tremont Avenue. Local residents tucked into free food and danced to live music. Kids played games and got their faces painted. But away from the fun, the purpose of the event was to promote safe streets and draw attention to the evils of gun crime.
Mount Hope Monitor photograher Alma Watkins took a bunch of photos, including the one above - a small memorial of sorts to two-year-old David Pacheco who, you may recall, was shot dead at this intersection on Easter Day 2006. David's crime? Well, he was buckled into the back seat of a minivan when a stray bullet - the product of a nearby gang fight - burst through the window and hit him in the chest.
A local man, Nicholas Morris, was picked up soon after and found to be in possession of a loaded .347 Magnum. He was charged with murder, but the case fell apart earlier this year when forensics showed that the Magnum wasn't the murder weapon. "I'm happy that justice has finally been served," Morris told the Daily News.
According to the Bronx DA's Web site, a man by the name of Ronnell Gilliam faces related charges of "hindering prosecution and tampering with physical evidence." His trial starts on Sept. 22.
But no one new has been charged with murder, meaning David's killer continues to walk the streets. "Where is my justice?" the memorial poster asks. It's a good question.