South Jamaica teen slain after leaving bodega

A friend holds a photo of Raborn Chesson and his girlfiriend, Nay Allen. Photo by Christina Santucci
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A South Jamaica teenager was shot and killed Monday morning when he got caught in the middle of an argument, a nearby bodega employee said..

Police said they responded to a 911 call just after 7 a.m. on Ferndale Avenue, where they found 18-year-old Raborn Chesson with gunshot wounds to his torso and left leg. Chesson was transported to Jamaica Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival, police said.

The NYPD described the teenager’s suspected shooter as a black male, about 19 years old, standing 5-foot-6, weighing 110 pounds and wearing black jeans and a white hooded sweatshirt with white drawstrings.

Chesson had a lengthy rap sheet, with 13 arrests in the past three years, including marijuana possession, misdemeanor assault and menacing, police said.

Arkan Hassan works at the bodega around the corner from where Chesson was shot and said the young man came in and bought an aspirin, and when he left he walked into an argument between a man and a woman around the corner.

Hassan said soon after he heard about three shots go off.

Chesson’s girlfriend of three years, Nay Allen, said she was told he was able to make it the 100 feet or so from where he was shot to his front door before collapsing. She said he had gotten into an argument with a pimp after asking his prostitute if she was OK.

Friends gathered outside Chesson’s home Monday afternoon and a small candle memorial where he was shot to mourn the loss of the young man who was known as “Little D.”

“He was just a great guy. He was a joker. He could always make you laugh,” one woman said.

Chesson had a 12-year old brother, Rakeem, and a 20-year old sister named Ramika, neighbors said.

Reach reporter Rich Bockmann by e-mail at or by phone at 718-260-4574.

Posted 12:00 am, April 27, 2012
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