Remembering a Teenage Murder Victim, Still Waiting For Cameras

East 8th Street, last Sunday afternoon.

A year ago this week, teenager Keith Salgado was shot and killed in a courtyard at Campos Plaza, the East 12th Street housing project.  This past weekend, friends and family gathered in a community garden three blocks away from the crime scene to remember Keith and to urge other young people to steer clear of trouble.

Mendez: Security Cameras Coming to Campos Plaza

Campos Plaza housing complex on East 12th Street.

Yesterday we were at the Campos Plaza Housing public housing complex, where elected officials announced the creation of an after-school recreational program.  Community activists, who have repeatedly called for more programs aimed at keeping kids off the streets, were clearly pleased.

During a news conference, they also praised the police department for stepping up patrols in the aftermath of the murder of teenager Keith Salgado in the housing project’s courtyard back in October.  “It’s sad to say it took a murder, but I’m glad there’s better security,” said Dereese Huff, Campos Plaza’s tenant association president.

For many years, residents have urged the New York City Housing Authority to install security cameras at Campos.  In this year’s city budget, Councilmember Rosie Mendez allocated $400,000 for cameras at the development. Huff has said she’s convinced the cameras would be a strong deterrent to crime and drug dealing — and she’s expressed frustration that it’s taking so long to complete the project.

In Aftermath of Teen Murder, Recreation Program Coming to Campos Plaza

Six weeks ago, Lower East Side teenager Keith Salgado was murdered in the courtyard of the Campos Plaza public housing complex on East 12th Street. Today his mother, community activists and elected officials gathered in the gymnasium, just a few hundred feet from the scene of the crime. They were there to announce the creation of a new “education and engagement” program inside the Campos Plaza Community Center.

Suspect Arrested in Murder of Lower East Side Teen

Hockeem Smith. NYPD Photo.

Police tell us this afternoon that they have made an arrest in the October 16th murder of Lower East Side teen Keith Salgado. 24-year old Hockeem Smith was taken to the 9th Precinct yesterday, where he remains today.  According to an NYPD spokesman, he was arrested at approximately 1:30 a.m. Smith faces charges of murder, robbery and criminal possession of a firearm.

Salgado was shot and killed two weekends ago, following a game of late night dice at the Campos Plaza public housing development on East 12th Street.  Earlier this week, Crimestoppers released a photo of Smith — and made a plea for information about his whereabouts.

Smith will likely not be arraigned before tomorrow at the earliest.


Police ID Suspect in Murder of Lower East Side Teen

NYPD Photo via DNA Info.

The NYPD has released the name and a photo of a suspect they’re searching for in the murder of 18-year old Keith Salgado earlier this month. Salgado was shot and killed in the courtyard of the Campos Plaza public housing complex on East 12th Street October 16th.
According to DNA Info, Crimestoppers has put the word out for information about the suspect’s whereabouts. Hockeem Smith, 24, is wanted for questioning about the crime, which was witnessed by dozens of people gathered for a late night game of dice.  Police say Smith weighs about 140 pounds and is 5’6″ tall.
If you have information, you can call 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). You can also submit a tip by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at or by texting 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577.


Family, Friends Mourn Teen Murder Victim

Keith Salgado.

Over the weekend, several news outlets reported on the shooting death of a teenager in the East Village. 18-year old Keith Salgado collapsed on top of a cab at the intersection of Avenue C and 12th Street Sunday, around 2 a.m.  Suffering from bullet wounds to the stomach, Salgado was rushed to Bellevue Hospital, but doctors could not save him. He was pronounced dead at 8:50 a.m. yesterday.

Readers of The Lo-Down may be familiar with the Salgado family.  Two years ago, we posted several stories about “Mothers and Fathers in Arms,” a group of parents who wanted to do something about youth violence. One of the main organizers of that group was Aida Salgado, Keith’s mother.