A Decade Later, Still Searching For Burke O’Brien’s Killer

Man Shot and Killed Outside Forsyth Street Barber Shop

Forsyth and Broome streets. Photo by thelodownny.com.

This morning police are searching for several suspects in the fatal shooting last night outside the Jose Beauty Salon and Barber Shop at 110 Forsyth Street.   An NYPD spokesperson says officers were called to the scene, at Forsyth and Broome streets, at 9:30 p.m.  The victim had already been transported to Bellevue Hospital, where he was pronounced dead from a gunshot wound to the chest.

Witnesses said an argument began in the barber shop and continued on the street. The victim was 32 years old. Police are withholding his identity until family members are notified.  An employee at the Don Juan Bodega, located in the same building, said he heard the shots and then saw several young people fleeing in every direction, but he didn’t get more than a glimpse at any of them.

No description of the suspects from police yet; we’ll update when there are more details.

 UPDATE 10/7/2012 10:17 p.m. Police have identified the victim as 29-year old Charles Fernandez of Mott Street.


Report: Victim in Henry Street Murder May Have Owed Money

83 Henry Street, June 29.

There’s an update this morning on the murder of two women at 83 Henry Street nearly two weeks ago. Firefighters were called to the scene on the morning of June 29 only to discover that the women had been shot in the head. The fire had apparently been set to cover up the crime.  Today AM New York reports investigators believe one of the victims may have owed money; they are focusing on an underground credit system in Chinatown.

Neither 70-year old Xiao L. Li nor 36-year old Hua Chen lived at 83 Henry. The New York Post identified the apartment building as a “known prostitution location.”  According to AM New York, however, “Investigators now are downplaying reports that Chen was connected to prostitution, although she may have known someone who was.”

At the time of the killing, Police said, Chen had “money in her possession” that might have come from the credit system, which is known as the Hui.  It’s existed in Chinatown for decades.  Participants contribute to a pool of money and they are able to withdraw funds with interest.  Investigators are apparently looking into rumors that someone in the Hui feared that Chen might leave the country without repaying the money she had borrowed.

Chen had two young children.