Man fatally shot outside Laurelton house during BBQ

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A 20-year-old man was shot and killed outside his Laurelton home early Monday morning.

The victim’s sister, 27-year-old Kimberlyn Leslie, said she had left the house on 137th Avenue near 218th Street only 30 minutes earlier when she was called and told her younger brother, Dowayne Henry, had been struck in the shooting.

“When I got home, he was on the steps,” she said Monday afternoon while being consoled by friends and relatives. “He was laying right here.”

Police said they were responded just after 2:30 a.m. and found two men with gunshot wounds. Henry, who had been struck in his head and abdomen, was pronounced dead at the scene, and a 25-year-old man was taken to Jamaica Hospital to be treated for a gunshot wound to his back, the NYPD said.

Leslie said at the time the gunfire began Henry had been barbecuing with several friends in the yard.

“Someone just came up and started firing,” she said she was told.

Leslie said Henry worked as an assistant physical education instructor at Martin de Porres School in Elmont, L.I. and as a salesman at Champs Sports.

He adored sneakers including his beloved Jordans, loved one said.

But his true passion was basketball.

His heartbroken sister said Henry had been a hoops player while attending Martin Van Buren High School and also was on Coconut Creek High School’s squad when he moved to Florida for several years.

At 6-foot-2, Henry played the position of shooting guard, relatives said.

Henry returned to his hometown of southeast Queen to attend Monroe College, which has campuses in the Bronx and Westchester, and was planning to transfer to York College in Jamaica.

Leslie said the family had not yet begun planning funeral arrangements for her brother as the city’s medical examiner needed to perform an autopsy.

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Updated 10:39 am, May 27, 2014
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Joe Moretti from Jamaica says:
Another tragic and senseless shooting. When are the people of Jamaica going to wake up, face reality about this community and say ENOUGH and demand that the leaders begin to address all of the issues in Jamaica that have been ignored for so long.

I mean this is becoming a weekly thing in Jamaica.
May 26, 2014, 8:26 pm
king of kings from old brookville says: need to clean up anything, it's a good thing they keep this stuff segregated from us rich folk ya know and this stuff stays within the slum areas.
May 26, 2014, 9:09 pm
AFN from Malba says:
Gotta agree with king of kings, nothing to see here. Keep it in the slums. No humans involved.
May 26, 2014, 11:20 pm
sue from Queens says:
King of kings and afn.......
You people are not immune from getting shot at in your own communities. Why do you people on here insist that when a black man gets shot that it is not a tragedy. You don't know if this man was just an innocent person. This could have been any one of you "rich folk". I lived in bayside for 30 years and I have seen alot of your "rich folk" children go downhill with drugs especially with that heroine! I see many of your kids getting mixed up with Drugs...matter of fact I have seen quite a few young "rich folk" kids not only taking drugs but also dealing the drugs. So get off of your high horse and realize that not everyone who was living in a not so good area deserves to be shot! We as a human race should be trying to protect each other to make a better life for our future kids. We already have enough problems in this world without you racist people. And Yes, I am a white person telling you this!
May 27, 2014, 4:53 am
Red the garbage man from Whitestone says:
Unlike the South Queens precincts, the 109 has zero murders in 2014. I wouldn't live in those ghetto neighborhoods if you gave me a free house.
May 27, 2014, 4:57 am
Joe Moretti from Jamaica says:
Let's clarify a few things from some of the comments. First Springfield Gardens is not really the typical Jamaica neighborhood where you see this type of activity. This is not the "slum" area as say parts of South Jamaica are, behind York College.

Sue From Queens, as far as NYC goes, if you are a white person, your chances of getting shot are extremely low compared to a white person, especially a young white person. You comparisons to white kids going downhill on drugs has absolutely nothing to do with being shot and killed, a whole different ball game. Apples and Oranges, so I do not know why that was brought up. The point should be made that young black people have a much higher rate than any other group of being shot and killed, so yes a young white person, just like anyone else has a chance of being shot, the chances for the young white person in NYC are so much lower than a young black man. Why this continually goes on year after year is a whole other story.

Also as usual we get very information in regards to what happened, who, why, etc.
May 27, 2014, 5:34 am
M from Springfield Gardens says:
Omg . I used to go to school with him when I was younger..
May 27, 2014, 7:55 am
Joe Moretti from Jamaica says:
Memorial Day Weekend and come Tuesday, not one white family was mourning the senseless shooting and death of a young innocent white man, but in Jamaica, specifically Springfield Gardens, yet another innocent person was shoot to death and does anyone in this community really give a a ——. And no this was not one knucklehead gangsta killing another knucklehead gangsta. From from it.

20 year old Dowayne Henry (who worked as a preschool teacher and a salesman at Champs Sports at Green Acres Mall) was shot and killed by an individual wearing a grey hoodie. Dowayne’s crime, sitting on the front steps of his home, enjoying a Memorial Day weekend. Another individual also there, was struck in the back and taken to Jamaica Hospital. Read the story in The Daily News at

Dowayne Henry and Daja Robinson (who was killed last year riding on a local bus by some knucklehead gang banger on the street shooting a gun - should be the faces of the innocents that are being killed at I feel too high a rate in the community of Jamaica. There photos should be plastered all over the community of an injustice that happens over and over again in Jamaica, while our elected officials, our community leaders and especially our ministers, preachers and reverends, like Reverend Floyd Flake and Elaine Flake do so little not only about this issue but all of the quality of life issues in Jamaica that are constantly being ignored in this community. Remember talk is cheap, ACTION is what counts.

Just this year alone, there have been numerous shootings and several killings, many innocent victims, like 48 year old Mohammed Hamwi, a systems analyst, who was shot dead in the face and chest on his own block on 173rd and 105th as he came home from work

Where is the outrage, why aren’t all of our leaders getting together (and not for a photo-op hugging a family member). When is there going to be some serious discussion and ACTION from our leaders, not only about the shootings and killings, but all of the quality of life issues from the horrendous garbage problem to the parking of vehicles anywhere you damn well please to the drug dealing delis and barbershops. All of these issues are connected and when you ignore them, they build and build and build till a community becomes completely out of control. Areas with higher levels of poverty and unemployment have higher crimes. Areas that are more run-down with garbage all over have higher levels of crimes. It is all connected and as long as our leaders continually ignore and refuse to address and take action, we will continue to see this over and over again. Until the residents of this community get united, stand up, and DEMAND something being done NOW, not later, we will be hearing more of innocent young black people being shot and killed.

Can you imagine if this many shootings took place in let’s say, Forest Hills or any other predominately white community in NYC, that nothing would be done. Hell no, after the first shooting, people would be completely up in arms demanding yesterday that something be done. Hell, if there is a pile of garbage on a street corner in one of these neighborhoods, action is taken immediately. And you know what, it would. So why is the value of a black person’s life so much little compared to a white person’s life, even by our own leaders, who just do not step up to the plate and be LEADERS. For those who say that is not true, all one needs to look what happened to Daja Robinson and see that pretty much nothing has changed what-so-ever since that young girls life was taken. Many more shootings and killings have taken place since that young innocent girl was gunned down on a public bus.

Is there some magic number of how many young black people in this community have to die before something changes or happens, have we not reached the quota yet, because obviously we have not hit that number because our leaders (and that include Al Sharpton, where the hell are you on this issue in Jamaica) have done nothing.

It is only the beginning of summer and already this community has seen the life of an innocent young black man taken away before he even began to live. So what do you Katz, Comrie, Miller, Wills, Smith, Meeks, Flake and the other countless leaders in this community have to say to this young man’s family? I am sure you will know Comrie, you are the master of the political BS talk that sounds goods, makes people think you care, but at the end of the day, does not a damn thing to help this community with it’s many problems.

You have all pretty much proven to be totally useless in dealing with the issues on hand in Jamaica. And do a big favor, do not do some publicity stunt photo-op hugging a family member of this young man vowing you will do whatever it takes. First off it is insulting to the family and second, it is just another in a long line of political lies to this community.

May 27, 2014, 8:36 am
Cathy from Laurelton says:
To King of Kings and AFN

You two sound like total ——s. Don't forget the white boys that keep committing mass murders around the country. Did you knuckleheads not see the news this weekend? Idiots!
May 27, 2014, 9:40 am
the nra from queens says:
The NRA would say that if everyone there had a gun no one would ever get shot.
May 27, 2014, 9:48 am
Joe Moretti from Jamaica says:
Not too stick up for those insensitive remarks by those idiots you mentioned Cathy from Laurelton, which insensitive and idiots are right on the money, but I think the issue is not the white boys who keep shooting up all around the country, which yes, this happens way too much, but more about why the one community of Jamaica is continually having way too many of these incidents in this community and leaders who are not addressing this but looking at it as just another day in a black community. The mass shootings are happening all over the country, these particular shooting keep happening in one community over and over again and that is very disturbing.
May 27, 2014, 9:50 am
Liam from Great Neck says:
Good going, nothing says happy memorial day without some gunfire and bar-bq bat.
May 27, 2014, 1:36 pm
Joe Moretti from Jamaica says:
I know I have been accused of saying some nasty things at times, but I find some of the comments here totally appalling considering the circumstances.

Why such hateful insensitivity to an innocent young man being shot and killed. Makes me ashamed to be a white man and a human being.
May 27, 2014, 5:42 pm
p from southeast queens says:
g0od ol joey does have a heart..ofcourse your not ashamed to be white but yes id undertand how those two bigots could make you ashamed, just as i am ashamed when i see articles like this but hey...and as far as what king of kings said im not suprised..hes from brookville wich is rosedale..rosedale used to be the most racist town in almost all of new york city before blacks took over, he just has that pre 1980s rosedale look at still sock him in the jaw if had the opportunity to meet him
May 27, 2014, 7:56 pm
Jonathan from Laurelton says:
Only in the sick twiced minds of racist would a neighborhood with a 95K year family income in average be considered a slum. Considering that in so many of the white areas of the city and region, they are now sending cops around with Heroin antidotes should we look down on our neighbors on Long Island and Staten Island for being druggies? People need to do better than this on all fronts.
June 2, 2014, 8:49 am
A Neighbor from Springfield Gardens says:
Despite some of the negative comments I have read, I am a minority in a black community and would only change crime in the neighborhood. The people in this area get up on the weekend and.clean their yard, their sidewalk, prune their trees/shrubs, work 9-5 jobs, party on holidays (mind you only during the summer you here their music), say hi as you walk and drive by. Its people who live elsewhere who comes and spoils a community. Sad that people cannot look past their nose to see this kid graduated HS and was.working 2 jobs to attend college, not a kid from the hood pushing drugs . Unlike our prized young celebrities that have the money to get an education but would rather watch it go up their nose or buy expensive crap and destroy it! Crazy we beat down the hard working man not the hardly working man!
June 3, 2014, 6:27 pm

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