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Riverdale man killed on West 232nd Street at Cambridge Avenue

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By Graham Kates, Sarina Trangle, Marisol Diaz and Kate Pastor
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A bullet casing that was found on Friday morning, about 40 feet from the spot were Hwang Yang was killed. The bullet was fired from a .380 caliber pistol cartridge, police said.
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On Friday morning, mourners continued to lay flowers near the site where Hwang Yang was fatally shot.
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Ji Park (left) consoles Hyun Sup Yang, the mother of Hwang Yang, 26, who was shot and killed early this morning near the corner of West 232nd Street and Cambridge Avenue.
Hwang Yang, 26, in a photo provided by his family. Mr. Yang was shot and killed when a thief targeted him for his iPhone.
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Carnations lay near the site where Hwang Yang was shot and killed early this morning. Despite light rain throughout the night, blood still stained the ground where he was murdered.
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As word spread through the South Riverdale neighborhood were Mr. Yang was killed, residents expressed shock as witnesses shared their accounts of the tragedy.

"About 12:15, 12:30, there was a loud noise that sounded like a firecracker. I did not think to look," said a nearby resident who witnessed the aftermath of the shooting.

"A few seconds later, I heard footsteps — loudly — I peered out, noticed a man running up 232nd Street on the sidewalk cut over to the center of the street. When he bent down to pick someone up by the arm is when I noticed that it was a person. He put the person back down, casually strolled up to the top of 232nd, made a right on Cambridge, casually stepped into a vehicle. The vehicle casually drove away."

The witness said that when the man approached Mr. Yang's facedown body, he kicked the victim's arm back onto the ground. That was when the witness dialed 9-1-1. 

Then, the witness said, the man got into the passenger side of a vehicle that was double parked in front of the no-parking sign on Cambridge Avenue, to the right of the West 232nd Street intersection.  

When police responded, they said they found Mr. Yang unconscious. EMS brought him to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

The suspect was wearing a hooded sweatshirt and took off in a silver minivan with the victim's phone, police said.

This is the first alleged homicide to take place within the 50th Precinct this year.  

The neighbor who witnessed the aftermath of the shooting, said that when she heard the loud pop she assumed it was the sound of a firecracker because kids who live nearby often set them off.

Another neighbor, who was playing a late-night game of scrabble, did not even interrupt her game.

"I don't know what a gunshot sounds like," she said.   

 

 

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jeanporterfield

We are praying for the family of Mr. Yang and are all horrified by this ruthless act of violence. A flower and candle memorial is growing at the site of the murder. Can the community be notified of the funeral services so that we can attend?

It is time for the community to demand that the two empty lots adjacent to Ewen Park be cleaned up and that lighting be installed.

Local resident,

Jean Porterfield and Family

Friday, April 20, 2012 | Report this
graceshin88

The Memorial Service of Mr. Yang will be tomorrow Satrurday 8 PM

John J Fox 203 E. 201st Bronx NY 10458

Friday, April 20, 2012 | Report this
graceshin88

Memorial Service update

8:30pm Saturday 4/21/2012 CHURCH OF ST. JOHN NAM

3663 White Plains Rd Bronx, NY 10467

Friday, April 20, 2012 | Report this
gzikos

We are all stunned by the horror of this crime and the pain it has caused for the family.

Please post if there is anything that we can do as a community or individually to help the grieving family. (Donations, Flowers ...)

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Yang family.

Friday, April 20, 2012 | Report this
moh777

Please be informed that the public is welcome and encouraged to attend Hwang Yang's memorial service on Saturday, April 21st, at 8:30pm. Service will be held at:

the Church of St. John Nam

3663 White Plains Rd

Bronx, NY10467

(718) 231-2414

A funeral mass will be held at the same location (Church of St. John Nam), on Monday, April 23rd, at 10am. The Yang family would appreciate the public's support and attendance.

It would be much appreciated if this service notification were widely circulated among community residents.

Friday, April 20, 2012 | Report this
rich45r

Just who where these cops that showed up to investigate this crime ? And are they still working ? after reading this story i am somewhat concerned of the lack of training that the 50 pct has.I also believe that the 50 commander turn this case over to better train officers even if he has to give it to another pct so that this case will be really investigated and bring to a fast conclusion.How would the police miss something at the crime as basic as a bullet casing?what else did they miss?Are you kidding they had to be called back Friday because the people found the bullet case really ? these police need to be pulled from this case, this is just terrible !

Saturday, April 21, 2012 | Report this
jeanporterfield

rich45r,

the cops are doing a great job. i saw them in action friday and was impressed by their diligence. some information they can't make public due to active investigation and suspect at large. call the pct and speak to community officer if you have questions.

Saturday, April 21, 2012 | Report this
rich45r

I don't know about a great job When a resident had to call them back on Friday who found the bullet casing 40 feet away from the shooting

Saturday, April 21, 2012 | Report this
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