20-year-old Brooklyn man arrested for fatal shooting of 22-year-old female college student at NY West Indian Carnival

A 20-year-old suspect has been arrested in the fatal shooting of a college student during a a carnival celebrating Caribbean culture held before dawn each Labor Day.

Reginald Moise, 20 of Brooklyn, was taken into custody in connection with the death of Tiarah Poyau, a 22-year-old student at St John’s University, police said.

Moise, who has five prior sealed arrests, apparently made statements that implicated himself to two people.

Victim Tiarah Poyau, 22   Victim Tyreke Borel, 17

Moise, who has five prior sealed arrests, apparently made statements that implicated himself in the shooting (pictured) to two people

The bloodshed (pictured)  happened during a a carnival celebrating Caribbean culture held before dawn each Labor Day

Poyau, an aspiring accountant, was killed some 30 minutes after the fatal shooting of Tyreke Borel, 17.

Borel, of the Bronx, was shot in the chest about 3:50am near Empire Boulevard and Flatbush Avenue.

He was taken to the hospital, where he died.

A 72-year-old woman was shot in the hand and the arm at the same location and was taken to a hospital in stable condition, police said.

Tiarah Poyau, 22, was a St John's University student who aspired to a career as an accountant Poyau was shot just a block away, police said. She died at the hospital.

Poyau was an aspiring accountant and was interning at top-five firm PwC in New York, according to her LinkedIn profile.

Online, Poyau talked about her drive to become an accomplished professional — as well as her passion for traveling.

This year, the J’Ouvert parade cemented its reputation for violence and bloodshed.

The shootings came amid unprecedented precautions taken by police to ensure safety a year after Governor Andrew Cuomo’s aide was killed by a stray bullet at the early-morning celebration.

In a news conference on Monday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that ‘all options are on the table’ when answering questions concerning the future of J’Ouvert and if it might be canceled following the two tragic deaths, the New York Post reported.

‘I’m not going to go into detail until we do a full review.

‘We’re going to look at the whole situation with the NYPD and community,’ de Blasio added.

City Councilman Brad Lander said that it’s ‘pretty clear that big changes are needed’.

‘I’m open to canceling it next year,’ he added.

Poyau, 22, gushed on Facebook about her travel to Europe and her drive to become an accomplished professional

People on a parade float play music during J'Ouvert, ahead of the annual West Indian-American Carnival Day Parade in Brooklyn

Police say they’re investigating whether the shootings are related. No arrests have been made on Borel’s shooting.

A 23-year-old woman was also stabbed in the area, but police said she refused medical attention.

The NYPD had planned to double the number of officers patrolling the neighborhood where a procession of steel drums and costumed revelers was set to kick off at 4am for J’Ouvert.

The department also added 42 new security cameras to watch over an estimated 250,000 revelers and illuminated this year’s celebration with 200 light towers.

For the first time, organizers of the parade were required to get a permit.

Police, in conjunction with community groups, also distributed fliers with a blunt message.

 Leaflets were released reading: 'This community will no longer tolerate this violence. Do not shoot anyone. Do not stab anyone'

‘This community will no longer tolerate this violence. Do not shoot anyone. Do not stab anyone,’ the leaflets said.

The changes come a year after Cuomo’s aide Carey Gabay, 43, was shot in the head as two street gangs exchanged gunshots during J’Ouvert festivities.

He was immediately placed in a medically induced coma but eight days after the shooting, doctors declared him brain dead.

Gabay was a lawyer who had worked for Cuomo and was deputy counsel of the state’s economic development agency.

Earlier the same morning, a Bronx man, Denentro Josiah, was stabbed to death during festivities.

In 2014, a man was fatally shot and two people wounded during the celebration.

Organizers say the early morning festivities that led to what is now J’Ouvert started in the 1980s.

The tradition originated in the Caribbean and is celebrated in several North American cities with West Indian communities, including Boston and Toronto.

The name, J’Ouvert, means daybreak, put together from the French words ‘jour’ and ‘Ouvert.’

City officials and community organizers have long chafed at the perception that J’Ouvert, and the even larger West Indian Day American Day parade that follows hours later, are intrinsically hospitable to violence.

Source: The DailyMail

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