Cousins Shot to Death in East New York

By Trevor Kapp and Alan Neuhauser  on August 1, 2012 7:31am  | Updated on August 1, 2012 10:44am

Leonardo Savaria, 24 (left) and Mario Mejia, 28, pictured here in photos provided by their families, were shot and killed on Georgia Avenue in Brownsville early Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012.
Leonardo Savaria, 24 (left) and Mario Mejia, 28, pictured here in photos provided by their families, were shot and killed on Georgia Avenue in Brownsville early Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012.
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EAST NEW YORK — Two cousins, including a father of a young girl, were shot and killed on Georgia Avenue early Wednesday, the NYPD and relatives said.

Mario Mejia, 28, and Leonardo Saravia, 24, were gunned down in front of Saravia's home at 456 Georgia Ave., near Dumont Avenue, about 12:40 a.m., police said.

Mejia, who lived in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens with his 4-year-old daughter, was shot once in the head and pronounced dead at the scene.

Saravia was shot in the legs and was taken to Brookdale Hospital, where he died, police said.

Officers would not confirm Mejia and Saravia's relationship, but friends and family members said they were cousins.

"My cousin didn't deserve this," said Brian, 27, who declined to give his last name. "He didn't have beefs. He liked to go to the studio to rhyme and rap."

A friend, Lance Derrick, 18, said Saravia "talked about his daughter a lot. That was his little angel."

It's not clear what sparked the bloodshed and no arrests have been made.

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