2000-08-05 / Front Page

Murder In Our Midst

By Joan Ward George

Little is known about the dead body of a young man found shot to death Wednesday morning at approximately 9 a.m. in Bayswater Michaelis Park at Beach Channel drive and Beach 32 street. Police could not confirm whether or not the incident took place in the park, or if the body might have been dumped there after the murder took place.

The shooting victim, a 25 year old African American, had gunshot wounds to the head. Police were unable to release at press time either the identity of the victim or the motive for the homicide.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Detective McClean at the 101 Precinct at 868-3429.

Tuesday night, shortly before 8 p.m., police from the 100 Precinct were called to a domestic dispute at 54-30 Beach Channel drive, in the Edgemere Housing Development Complex. When they arrived at the scene, they found an 80-year-old resident of the building fatally stabbed to death.

The victim, Maggie Stewart, was found lying in a pool of blood in the fourth floor hallway of her building. Her body, reportedly, had several stab wounds. Mrs. Stewart, known to her many friends and neighbors as "Miss Maggie", was transported to Peninsula Hospital Center where she was pronounced dead at approximately 8:30 p.m. Ironically, Mrs. Stewart had just returned home from the hospital late Monday, having survived a heart attack.

According to neighbors, Stewart lived alone in her Edgemere apartment. She had lived in the building for nearly 20 years. Her husband died several years ago, but Stewart still has many surviving children who also live in the area.

Described as active in her church, and loved by those in the community, she was known to many as "grandma". Friends said that they can’t understand why anyone would have wanted to kill her. One theory is that she had probably been robbed by someone that knew her and realized that she recently received her Social Security check.

As The Wave went to press, there were no known witnesses to the shooting, and no arrests had been made. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Detective Kevin Cashen at the 101 Precinct Detective Squad at 868-3429.

The first in the run of three homicides that took place in Rockaway over the past several days occurred when a Arverne man was shot to death Sunday night just outside 310 Beach 68 street.

The victim, Alexander Watson, according to police, died just after midnight, having been shot 13 times.

Detective Bouilion of the 100 Precinct Detective Squad arrested Keith Brown, 20, of 70-02 Beach Channel drive, in Arverne, within three hours of the murder.

It is believed that Brown fired a loaded firearm several times at Watson, causing his death. Sgt. Artie Nappo, head of the 100 Precinct Detective Squad, credited Bouilion and the other officers involved in the investigation with good, hard police work that solved the case.

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