The greater than 50 folks shot over a bloody Fourth of July weekend within the Large Apple included a beloved Bronx neighborhood “grandfather” gunned down by stray bullets.
John Edwards, 62, — who was generally known as “Grandfather of the Block” in his Belmont neighborhood — was among the many at the very least seven folks killed throughout the outbreak of gun violence
“I knew him since I used to be 10,” Rachel Sanchez mentioned of Edwards, who died in a buddy’s arms after being mortally wounded by a stray bullet in Belmont round 10:30 p.m. on Monday. “We’re his household.”
Sanchez, 30, mentioned Edwards was identified to locals because the grandfather or godfather of the neighborhood the place she grew up — and got here again Sunday to pay her respects.
“He sat on that chair every single day,” she mentioned. “This was his part. When you wanted the pump on, he turned on the pump. When you needed your automotive cleaned, he was going to wash your automotive. If we have been grilling and we have been too busy to wash the woman, he cleaned the grill. When you had a damaged coronary heart, he knew.
“He knew how you can make you’re feeling higher,” Sanchez mentioned. “He will probably be missed.
Neighbors mentioned Edwards had uninterested in the rising crime within the Large Apple and had lastly determined it was time to go away his beloved neighborhood — which is now devastated.
“Can’t you see the disappointment on the block?” Sanchez requested Tuesday. “My coronary heart ain’t right here. You understand how a few years I’ve identified this man? This man was for actual.”
In all, 51 folks have been shot in 36 separate incidents since Friday, a leap over the 32 folks shot in 27 shootings over the vacation weekend final yr, NYPD statistics present.
Twenty-one of this yr’s vacation weekend victims have been shot on Independence Day on Monday.