Body Found On Beach 40th
Police, media and onlookers converged on the weeded area on Beach 40th Street between Edgemere Avenue and the boardwalk on Monday, March 24th.
Just before 10 a.m., officers responding to a 911 call of an unconscious and unresponsive person, discovered the body of Quynton Ross.
Ross, age 33, was found inside a garbage bag at the isolated location, which lies just south of the elevated A train subway line.
EMS pronounced him dead at the scene.
The area was cordoned off and bystanders were kept at a distance as officers and detectives of the 101st Precinct searched the grounds.
According to media reports, Ross, who lived on 89th Avenue in Jamaica, Queens, was last seen alive on Sunday morning around 8 a.m.
It was also reported that Ross' mother, Guilana Jacobs, concerned when she had not heard from him, helped locate her son’s body by pinging his cellphone.
On Tuesday, March 25th, a preliminary examination by the NYC Medical Examiner confirmed that Ross’ death was caused by a gunshot wound to the torso and the case was officially declared a homicide.
Although the ME’s office was not able to provide additional details by press time, an NYPD spokesperson stated that Ross’ fatal wound was to the chest.
The spokesperson confirmed the case is still under investigation. Among other questions, detectives are seeking to confirm if Ross was killed in Rockaway or murdered elsewhere and brought here.
In a curious side note to the case, the New York Post originally reported that the murdered man was identified as 32 year old, former Nets player Quinton Ross. The Post also gave a short recap of his NBA career.
The paper later retracted that portion of the story.