Update: Murdered Cambria Heights teen related to girl killed on bus

Authorities say the teens were shot in front of an apartment building on Lakewood Avenue in South Jamaica. Photo by Ken Maldonado
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The Cambria Heights teenager who was gunned down in a drive-by shooting over the weekend was related to slain teen D’aja Robinson, said a Queens mother whose family has been haunted by bloodshed.

Police said Khalil Bowlin, 17, was shot dead Sunday when a blue two-door car drove by the home on Lakewood Avenue in South Jamaica where he and a friend were hanging out and a gunman in the passenger seat opened fire.

Khalil was hit in the chest and was dead by the time he arrived at Jamaica Hospital, police said. His friend, an 18-year-old man, took a bullet in the leg and was taken to the hospital in stable condition.

Bowlin’s mother said the teenager’s cousin was D’aja Robinson, the 14-year-old girl who was killed while riding a city bus last year, and that both his father, Gary Bowlin, and uncle, Colin Bowlin, fell victim to gun violence.

“He just had a lot of anger inside of him because of the deaths of his family members. He stayed to himself,” Barbie Bowlin said.

An investigation into the killing was ongoing, authorities said.

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

Updated 6:29 pm, April 3, 2014
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Joe Moretti from Jamaica says:
This is a classic case of the “Broken Window Theory”.

Our leaders (and residents as well) have done so little for this area and just allow it to continually fall into shambles (and let people live in these conditions)
and then they think it will just get better by itself. This is what happens when you do not take care of small quality of life issues and ignore them over a long period of time, which is what has happened for
years in this area. Garbage all over, garbage strewn abandoned homes and lots, falling down buildings, bad roads, illegal apartments, abandoned cars, poor zoning, no grocery stores, questionable delis more than
likely involved in something illegal (most of the delis certainly have very few staples and seem to be hang outs for criminal activity).

I mean how can our local elected leaders, our church leaders, our community board, our business leaders keep turning a blind eye to this. Enough with BS like street naming ceremonies, play acting a homeless person, photo-ops and of course corrupt behavior and shady dealings, how about actually getting your
hands dirty (the good way), doing some hard work and coming up with solutions. You know this area has a high unemployment issue, so why not get funding for something like a “Doe Fund” and put people to work to
clean up the area, fix homes, maintain properties, etc. Why are not all of you leaders working as a team and unit, it is all Greater Jamaica. The church leaders, including the Flakes, especially should be ashamed
of yourselves for not calling our elected leaders out on their BS. Many of you church leaders say you do this and you do that, but look around, what exactly are you doing, because I see OPPRESSION.

There is no reason what-so-ever to keep letting this community go down and down, while you say you are doing everything you can because YOU ARE NOT!

What is the purpose of having a black
president, a black media mogul (Oprah), filthy rich rappers (Jay-Z, Kanye West, Jamaica’s own 50 Cent), if black people and their communities are still being held down like this.

It is an American disgrace that is as bad a stain as slavery.
April 1, 2014, 5:38 am
Red the garbage man from Whitestone says:
Animals killing animals! Doesn't happen in WHITEstone!
April 1, 2014, 8:05 pm
too from briarwood says:
it happens everywhere please the white people just shoot up schools day cares and malls they are not animals their monsters!
April 2, 2014, 7:58 am
Family member from ACROSS THE WAY says:
who are you to call some one animals have you lost a child do you know what it feels like to wake up the next morning and child bed is empty ,never to return again,never to tell them" i love you" watch watch what you say! its devastating to go through something like this regardless where your from
April 2, 2014, 9:52 am
Narci from Queens says:
R.I.P bro i know your up there with god
April 2, 2014, 4:10 pm
Red the garbage man from Whitestone says:
Animal in Jersey just got convicted of murder for tossing his baby in a creek. Baby was buckled in a car seat that was weighted down with a jack. It's so sad I could cry.Something is wrong with yall .
April 3, 2014, 9:25 pm
too from briarwood says:
Yes I have lost a child to gun violence I said it's not just the blacks in black area it's all over!!!!!!
April 5, 2014, 8:58 am
mecca from st albans says:
Its sad their us gun violence it hurts every day life will never be the same it also hurts people dont talk they see and if it were your family or child you would want someone to talk .family needs some form of closure their is a God
Oct. 21, 2014, 12:16 am
vigilante from queens animals says:
yeah red the garbage man. they dont report what goes on in whitestone but you guys owe the mafia. take mad coke. gamble all your money. house burglary is very common. your kids in whiestone are pill addicts and they buy from us animals. oh your whitestone daughters swallow animal future kids all the time. and you become a garbage man because you like the smell
Aug. 22, 2015, 11:50 am

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