Post by Scumhunter on Jan 4, 2015 10:05:25 GMT -5
(Above photo credit: New York Daily News website)
Admin Note #1: According to online articles/research: There is now a $12,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Orlando Plummer. Anyone with information is urged to contact the NYPD Crime Stoppers tipline at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential. You can also submit an anonymous web tip to NYPD Crime Stoppers at a056-crimestoppers.nyc.gov/crimestoppers/public/tip-form.cfm
The heartbroken husband of a pregnant mother of four killed by a callous gunman sat down to an agonizing Thanksgiving dinner with one thing on his mind: justice.
“I’m devastated beyond words. I want justice for my wife and for our children,” Joseph Massey said a day after Brandee Massey was gunned down as she walked along the 15th-floor hallway to her Queens apartment building in LeFrak City.
The 27-year-old was six months pregnant.
Doctors delivered her baby, but the newborn girl died four hours later.
As Joseph and his children struggled with the unspeakable loss, officials advised they not stay in their apartment for a second day due to fears the shooter might return to the scene of the crime.
Investigators suspect that Brandee’s uncle, with whom she’d been recently feuding, may have pulled the trigger, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said
NYPD sources identified him as Orlando Plummer, an ex-con who has served two sentences in prison for weapons possession and narcotics.
He has also been arrested for marijuana possession, impersonating a public servant and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, police sources said.
Plummer may have targeted Brandee because she had knowledge of criminal activity he was involved in, a police source said.
She had filed a restraining order against him, neighbors said.
Cops were still searching for him Thursday night.
State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Queens) paid for Joseph and his kids — the youngest is 4 and the eldest 9 — to stay in a hotel. There they shared a somber Thanksgiving meal of turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, ham, stuffing, collard greens, macaroni and cheese, cranberry sauce, string beans and dessert courtesy of First Baptist Church in Flushing.
“He’s extremely distraught. It’s just him and the kids right now,” Peralta said. It was Joseph who heard the shots in the hallway outside their apartment after Brandee had dropped three of their kids off at nearby Public School 206, the Horace Harding School, cops said.
The triggerman may have ambushed Brandee as she exited the elevator on her floor, sources said.
On Friday, Peralta will announce he is matching the NYPD’s $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Brandee’s killer, raising the total to $4,000.
Stunned friends of Brandee’s at the gargantuan apartment complex said she was devoted to her children. She was taking night classes at cosmetology school, but family was her priority.
“All she was about was walking her three kids to school and day care,” Robert Williams, a family friend, said.
“I never see her on the street messing with street people. She’s always been about her kids and herself.”
He couldn’t wrap his head around the tragedy.
“This is a tough neighborhood, but this is rough . . . the day before the holiday. I hope she gets the justice her kids deserve,” he said.
A custodian at the complex who would not give her name was equally appalled.
“How can you go to sleep knowing you took someone’s life? She did not have nothing to do with anything. It’s freaking crazy,” she said.
A friend of the victim told the Daily News that Brandee had planned to name her unborn child Tru Melody if it was a girl.
If the killer is caught, he will likely face a double murder charge.
Thoughts? What frustraes me about this case is that while it had decent media coverage initially, making the front page of the Daily News, it was soon overshadowed in the coming weeks by the controversial decision not to indict the officers involved in the death of Eric Garner and the shooting deaths of NYPD Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjien Liu. That is NOT to say those weren't important stories. Of course they were. But Brandee's family needs attention as well. Black lives matter. Police lives matter. All lives matter. And Brandee and Tru Melody's lives should still matter. If you have any information please call or submit a web tip to NYPD Crime Stoppers, where you can remain anonymous.
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