Teen Shot Outside Campos Plaza Community Center

East 9th Street last night.

Another weekend, another teen shooting. Last night, residents gathered on East 9th Street for a candlelight vigil, part of a worldwide candle lighting service. Less than 48 hours earlier, bullets rang out once again at the Campos Plaza public housing development four blocks away.  As The Local East Village and EV Grieve reported, police were swarming Friday night around the troubled complex, where a 19-year old man was shot in the leg. No suspects have been arrested.

The vigil took place outside the apartment of Aida Salgado, whose son Keith was shot and killed at Campos Plaza in October.  Residents lamented the cycle of violence that has taken so many young lives and read the names of teen victims. Just last week, some of these same people were assembled in the gym at Campos Plaza, where elected officials and the Police Athletic League announced  a new recreational program to get kids off the street.

Youth Violence on the LES: A View From the Front Lines

A makeshift memorial was set up at Campos Plaza following Keith Salgado's murder.

The murder of a Lower East Side teenager this past weekend has, understandably, shaken a lot of people who live in, or have ties to, the neighborhood’s public housing developments.  For now, friends and family are focused on tomorrow’s funeral of 18-year old Keith Salgado. But when the mourning is over,  Salgado’s killing Saturday night at the Campos Plaza complex, three blocks from his home on East 9th Street, is sure to renew an all-too-familiar debate about youth violence in this community.

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.