WNYC has the first interview with Arlene Delgado, the mother of murder victim Raphael Ward. The teenager was shot and killed January 4 on Columbia Street, after a dispute involving winter jackets. One suspect, Timothy Montalvo, is in custody. police are searching for three others, including the alleged shooter.
WNYC visited Delgado, 34, in her apartment at the Baruch Houses. While gazing at a video showing an animated Raphael singing Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror” she said, “He was very playful. You know, he was too young to take anything so serious. Nothing was serious enough for him… I could just finish disciplining him and he’ll still grab me and hold me and he’ll say, ‘Hug me back, Ma,’… I always felt like he was trying to find the weak side of me. … He’d say, ‘Hug me back or I’m not letting you go,’ and I’d have to hug him back.”