LeFrak City homicide ends city’s 10-day streak

Police officers guard the entrance to LeFrak City following the murder of a former tenant. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Police were still looking for clues to identify who may have shot and killed a 24-year-old former resident of LeFrak City in Elmhurst Saturday, putting an end to a 10-day city streak without a murder, the NYPD said.

Officers responded to a call of a man bleeding inside a basement apartment at LeFrak City around 6 p.m. Saturday, when they found Jahim Campbell unconscious and unresponsive, police said. Campbell had been shot in the head and was pronounced dead at the scene.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the NYPD said no arrests had yet been made and the investigation was ongoing.

Campbell’s weekend murder ended a 10-day stretch without any homicides citywide, police said. The most recent murder had been a double homicide in the Bronx Jan. 16.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said the drop-off in homicides was probably linked to the extremely cold weather that gripped the region recently.

There have also been questions about the death of a woman in her 40s found Friday morning in Brooklyn, the NYPD said, but autopsy results were not yet available, according to the city’s medical examiner’s office.

On the corner of 99th Street, across the street from the LeFrak complex, a makeshift memorial of four white and eight red candles, one wrapped in a red bandana, had been set up for Campbell by Sunday afternoon. Messages were written on the candles with markers using his nickname, “Kiko.”

“RIP Love you Old School,” one message said.

“I love you like a brother. Thank you for taking care of my sister,” read another.

Residents of the LeFrak building where police said Campbell had lived for more than 15 years, said he, his four siblings and mother had moved out several months ago after an eviction notice had been posted on their door. Neighbors complained of frequent comings and goings and loud music at Campbell’s apartment over the years, and two neighbors, who asked not to be identified, said authorities had visited the apartment before the family moved out.

“We woke up scared a few times when the police and FBI came in,” one neighbor said.

Soon after, an eviction notice was posted on the front door. About six months later, the family was gone, neighbors said.

“We were just so glad when they finally moved out,” one longtime LeFrak resident said.

But just across the street from his former LeFrak City apartment building, Campbell was remembered as a friendly person.

“He’s a nice guy. That’s all I can tell you,” said Jamal Alsaidi, a clerk who works in the deli across the street from LeFrak City. “He never gives us a hard time.”

Reach reporter Phil Corso by e-mail at or by phone at 718-260-4573.

Updated 9:02 pm, January 31, 2013
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kiko from lefrack says:
you allready snoww
Jan. 31, 2013, 2 pm
I am the grandmother of Jahim Campbell and today I was told that all theses lies were written about my grandson whom I raised in the Jahim never lived in Lefrak City. We lived at 55-25 98th Place in the Nebraska building of Sherwood Village. Jahim wasn't the child of the lady that lived on the 17th floor of Lefrak City, he was the uncle of the daughter who had the three children (two boys and 1 girl) and her son best friend and I am the great grandmother of those children. Yes we all spend nights there occasionally but we never lived there. You can get in touch with Sherwood Village and they will let you know that we were never evicted from our apartment, which we lived in for more than 30 years. I don't know why you didn't come to his family instead of people who lived in Lefrak who gave you false information. Their was never any Police, FBI or any other law enforcement ever at our apartment in Sherwood Village where lived for loud music or any other unlawful events going on in our home. It says not to write any slanderous things in your paper but that is exactly what you did about me and my grandson whom I raised from a baby. Please don't do it again because its not nice.
Jan. 14, 2014, 8:34 pm
Michelle Campbell from Sherwood village says:
And I second that snd im his mother Michelle Campbell!!!!!!!!
Jan. 28, 2014, 6:47 pm
Mrs. Carson from NY says:
TIMES LEDGER and any other news reporters: You should fact check before printing these fabricated stories. Jahim never lived in Lefrak and at the time of his death, Jahim lived with his father and siblings in Nassau County, NY.
Those Lefrak Residents needs to shut the hell up if they don't know the truth.
Jahim has immediate family that you should have talked to if you wanted information instead of those lying gossip fairies in Lefrak City aka the home of crabs in a barrel aka Devils Playround
Oct. 10, 2016, 10:21 am
Nonya biz from Lefrak says:
Yeah he never lived in lefrak, he just sold drugs there ....and made living horrible for he people people of lefrak.. wwhy didnt his famy add that part???!!?!!
May 27, 7:22 am

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