2006-06-23 / Front Page

Rockaway Teen Shot Dead In Redfern Drive-By

Question Whether 'Peanut' Was Target of Shots
By Howard Schwach


The shots sprayed in the Redfern drive-by that killed Latina Bildro broke a number of apartment windows and car windows, such as the windows on this car that was parked nearby where she was killed. Photo by Howard Schwach.The shots sprayed in the Redfern drive-by that killed Latina Bildro broke a number of apartment windows and car windows, such as the windows on this car that was parked nearby where she was killed. Photo by Howard Schwach. An 18-year-old Rockaway girl hanging out with friends in front of her Redfern apartment house was shot and killed on Tuesday night in front of 1302 Redfern Avenue in Far Rockaway, police say.

Latina Bildro, 18, was standing with a group of friends when she was shot at about 1:30 a.m.

Sources told The Wave that she was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, the victim of an earlier dispute to which she had no part.

Police said that Bilbro was hanging out with some friends who had gotten into a dispute with another group of teens earlier in the evening. Those teens left and then returned to open fire on the group. Published reports say that the original fight was over another girl who is dating two boys from a rival neighborhood housing project.

Sources say that a car came slowly up the street and an unknown person in the car sprayed up to a dozen shots at the crowd, hitting Bildro once in the chest.

The others in the group scattered, leaving Bildro alone on he ground.

Police believe that somebody else in that group was the intended target of the shooting.

The bullets sprayed the windows and doors at the apartment houses and many of the cars parked along Redfern Avenue.

Nobody else was hit by the barrage of bullets.

Emergency Medical Service EMT's transported Bildro to St. John's Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway, where she was pronounced dead on arrival.

Friends and bystanders at the crime scene on Wednesday morning said that Bildro, whose street name was "Peanut," because she was so small, was a "good kid" who played basketball for Far Rockaway High School and was interested in becoming a beautician. She often worked on her neighbors' hair, they say.

Sources say, however, that Bildro had 10 bags of crack cocaine in her pocket when she arrived at the hospital. One of her relatives said that the teen hated drugs and speculated that she was holding the stash for a local drug dealer.

A Department of Education spokesperson said that Bildro, who celebrated her 18 th birthday last week, was a tenth grade student at Far Rockaway High School.

Televised reports said that the police know the identity of the shooter and were looking for him, but local police sources would neither confirm nor deny that report.

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