Two killed in Corona, Elmhurst on violent weekend

Eddy Llano holds up a photo of his father Damaso (second from l. in framed photo), who was found dead in his home. Photo by Ellis Kaplan
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Two men were killed at separate spots close to Junction Boulevard within 12 hours of each other, marking the end to a bloody Sunday that saw at least three murders committed.

Tesfari Davis, 32, crashed a car Sunday near Horace Harding Expressway and Junction Boulevard at 8:33 p.m. and was found by police with bullet holes in his neck and leg, the NYPD said. Tesfari was brought by EMS to Elmhurst Hospital, where the Corona man was later pronounced dead, police said.

In the same precinct 12 hours later, police discovered 89-year-old Demaso Llano early Monday morning lying dead in his home, at 43rd Avenue near Junction Boulevard, with trauma to his face, authorities said.

In both cases, the police had not made any arrests as of TimesLedger’s afternoon press time.

Davis lived at 55-25 98th Place in Corona, not far away from the major intersection where he was found and where the neighborhoods of Corona, Elmhurst and Rego Park meet. He had been trying to drive to the hospital due to his gunshot wounds when he crashed, police said.

Davis had previously been arrested on charges of criminal possession of a weapon and criminal sale of a controlled substance, police said.

Davis’ brother, who was in the apartment complex where his brother lived Monday, declined to comment on his death.

Llano, a Cuban immigrant, was a longtime resident of Elmhurst and one of three co-owners of the El Mundo Supermarket, at 42-16 Junction Blvd., according to supermarket employee Carmen Vizcaino.

“He was a very kind person,” said Vizcaino. “He didn’t bother nobody. He didn’t hurt nobody.”

Vizcaino, who works as a secretary at the supermarket and is the wife of one of the other owners, said Llano had lived in the neighborhood and been an owner of the store for 42 years. He was divorced and had three grown children: two sons and a daughter.

She said she believed the death was the result of a robbery.

“Somebody break into the house and hurt him, that’s what I assume,” Vizcaino said.

Other slayings in the borough included the deaths of Tysheen Davis in Astoria Houses and Theodore Thomas in Jamaica Sunday. Another man, Robert Zaretz, was found dead in Calvary Cemetery Sunday.

No murders had previously occurred in the 110th Precinct in 2012, according to police statistics. In 2011, two murders were reported in the 110th, statistics show.

Reach reporter Rebecca Henely by e-mail at or by phone at 718-260-4564.

Posted 2:29 am, March 29, 2012
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john doe from flushing says:
tesfari was a good father n friend n
may he rip
March 29, 2012, 6:31 am
bo from jersey says:
tesfari was a good man... he was funny an straight forward... its a shame this happened...
i worked with him...never had a prob always was in a good mood... who ever did this .... just keep in mind what goes around comes around...
he will be missed... r.i.p brotha...
March 29, 2012, 8:36 am
Tiffany from Pennsylvania says:
Tesfari was a good man and he cared and loved his children dearly. He was always laughing at something. A very smart individual and loving. Whoever did this took away an angel. He will be forever missed and loved. I love you Tesfari.."Kane".
March 29, 2012, 10:17 am
Tiffany from Pennsylvania says:
I knew Tesfari for 10 years and he never changed. He was a good man and he cared and loved his children dearly. He was always laughing at something and you would laugh with him. His smile is priceless. A very smart individual and loving. Whoever did this took away an angel. He will be forever missed and loved. I love you Tesfari.."Kane".
March 29, 2012, 10:20 am
SiRena from Hudson says:
I went to Flushing HS with Tesfari aka Kane. We kept in touch from the mid-90s into adulthood. He has never changed who he was- straight up, hilarious and so real. He had a good heart and compassion. I can only speak of his positive attributes- I don't understand trying to slander a deceased man, father and brother- someone murdered him and thats the only negative that should be discussed, not his rapsheet. I know he leaves behind a family - I know he will be missed and I will see you on the top floor my brother!! Good dude I swear- realest to ever take a breath!
March 29, 2012, 10:29 am
Jane Doe from Albany says:
RIP Kane ! You will be missed - one of a kind you were ! God Bless your children and family!
March 29, 2012, 10:43 am
Jane Doe from Albany says:
Rest In Peace - 1 of a kind- Watch over us all - God Bless your children
March 29, 2012, 10:44 am
Jane Doe says:
I do not understand the need to tack on his criminal record to this article. His prior assests have nothing to do with this tragic event and is only an attempt to minimize Tesfari and his death. Why not also include that he was a father, and a friend to many? Shame on whoever wrote this article. He deserves justice.
March 29, 2012, 11:02 am
Jason from jackson heights says:
Tesfari was my brother-in-law ...He was a great person ,he was a father of 4, and a friend of many,and loved be all who knew him .It is very sad that someone so good to his family and friends was taken away like that..we need help to find his killers....somebody had to see something it for his kids and family....R.I.P brother.....
March 29, 2012, 12:54 pm
Jason from jackson heights says:
And what someone did in the passed dont make them a bad person ....he was a good friend of mine ,he was family....
March 29, 2012, 12:57 pm
Xenia from Flushing says:
Tesfari was the greatest father I ever saw, he was very smart,a College graduate a working man his past shouldnt overshadow his character its not fair that in every mention of his case his past is brought up. He was a kind, helpful man,always gave good advice. there shpould be more media attention on trying to find who did this than on his past. My he rest in peace and justice be done.
March 29, 2012, 3:33 pm
C'na Marie from Bayside says:
Tesfari was a great man! We were very close, his death makes no sense to me! He was a smart, educated man and a his rapsheet has nothing to do with the person he was. If they feel the need to mention his rapsheet then why don't they mention that those charges were dropped?
I'll never forget his kind eyes and his sweet smile when he looked at me. He was a kind man that was willing to do anything to help anyone out.
At 8:14 pm sunday, prior to his shooting, I received a txt from him that said he had just finished putting his kids into bed and that he was heading home. At 8:26pm was the last txt I received from him. When I got no response for over 2 hours I knew something was wrong but never imagined something like this. :'-(
I hope they find who did this! May justice be served!
March 29, 2012, 5:46 pm
jason from Jackson heights says:
How is it that in new york city at 8:30 at night, no 1 saw nothing with 200 windows in front of where it happen.... how is it that the girl that he asks for help to get him to the hospital because of his wounds did not see nothing... and still to this day the nypd does not have no answers for his family.. this makes me wonder is it that easy to get away with murder new york city or is the nypd detective that has this case not doing his job..... I care for his family because his family is my family.. if you know anything please call.... rest in peace tesfari rest in peace.....
May 1, 2012, 2:27 pm
Luci from Elmhurst says:
Problem is in NYC nobody cares about each other, i can't wait to move back to my country!
May 10, 2012, 9:13 am
coke boy menace from L.E.S says:
really didnt know him to well but i know he loved his kids and he was a good man because if he wasnt my peoples would of never chilled with him like that he use to come to my block alwasy humble never disrepected anyone just and chill and relax person full of life who ever did this god dont like ugly you will pay. R.I.P Tesfari
May 26, 2012, 7:43 am
colleen from albany says:
kane i will forever love and miss you! you were always there when i needed you and i will never forget it!! it breaks my heart that i will never see you again, you deserved better. you were one of the best men ive ever known and you will be in my heart...always
July 10, 2012, 3:48 pm
j from jh says:
and still nypd got nothing..... over 200 day, and we have nothing ...we need justice for tesfari ...
Oct. 13, 2012, 11:17 pm
diamondz aka heaven from nyc says:
My bro Kane aka tesfati I miss u so so much I cry n pray all the time over u. U was a gd person to many u left a broken heart to many with this death n whom ever did this to u will pay I swear if the police dnt find them karma will n a million times worse will happen to them I do believe that the police Staten my bros criminal history has shyt to do with someone murdering him n no one saying anything or stepping up someone saw something that's to early in the city not to have saw something for God's sack it's NYC a city that never sleeps plz someone step up speak up if u saw what happen I need justice for my bro 3yrs already went by n no justice yet my hearts hurt I miss u so much Fesfari sip bro mwah
April 11, 2015, 3:57 pm

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