Four seemingly unrelated homicides occurred within hours of each other last night—three within six blocks of each other in Bushwick and one in the Bronx. The first occurred just after midnight in Soundview, where Anna Silva was found stabbed to death. She had reportedly warned her daughter that she might be in trouble, saying that if anything happened to her, her boyfriend Fabian Faulkner would be responsible. Silva's daughter told the Daily News, "He knew my mom wanted to leave him. That's why he killed her." Faulkner called 911 and turned himself in to police, and was charged with murder and possession of a weapon.
The second occurred just after 1 a.m. at the corner of Hancock Street and Bushwick Avenue in Brooklyn. Aleisha Thompson, 22, was shot 12 times as she called 911 from a payphone. Police are looking into the nature of the phone call. The next one happened just five blocks away at the corner of Halsey Street and Wilson Avenue. Zacquran Horton was pronounced dead at the scene after being found with a gunshot wound to his back. His father told the Post that he was attempting to flee from a gang.
The last of the night's homicides occurred at 2:46 a.m., when police found Kevin Grandison on the ground near Halsey Street and Reid Avenue with a single stab wound to his chest. Neighbors say he was stabbed during an altercation with an alcoholic neighbor, and over 20 people reportedly gathered at the home of Glen King, the man they believed to be the killer. Grandison's brother-in-law said, "A crowd formed because they wanted justice. Then about 20 cops showed up with their batons and made us go around the corner." Police arrested King.
According to NYPD statistics, there have been 208 murders to date this year, a 7.2% increase from 194 during the same time period last year.