Woman Arrested in Harlem Drug Turf Killing Where Candidates Slept: Sources
EAST HARLEM — Police arrested a Harlem woman Wednesday for the shooting death of a drug crew rival inside the same public housing complex where five mayoral candidates had a sleepover, sources said.
Alleged shooter "Mohawk" Michelle Graham returned to the Lincoln Houses Tuesday morning looking for blood, sources said, after she was beaten up by a friend of the victim Olivia Brown, 23, in a drug trade turf battle.
"Probably the first person she saw," said a source.
Brown, 23, was shot in the hand and groin about 3:40 a.m., cops and relatives said. She was rushed to Harlem Hospital and pronounced dead, authorities said.
“My baby, my baby,” Olivia’s mother, Crystal Brown, 49, wailed inside her apartment Wednesday. “It’s disgusting. They killed my child.”
Relatives said Brown had matured after getting arrested during her teenage years and recently worked for a package delivery company. She had just finished her first year studying accounting at a community college.
She was also a member of her mother’s dance group, Harlem Sunshine Girls, which has performed at the Apollo Theater. The group also goes around the neighborhood talking to people about violence reduction strategies and staying in school.
“She was very determined,” Olivia’s mother said. “She wanted to be somebody.”
Crystal Brown said she knows the person who pulled the trigger and has passed the information onto cops. She added that the slaying stemmed from an ongoing dispute the shooter had with Olivia’s ex-boyfriend.
Mayoral candidates William de Blasio, William Thompson, Christine Quinn, John Liu and Anthony Weiner spent a night in the housing complex to highlight the problems in the aging buildings two nights prior to the shooting at the invitation of The Reverend Al Sharpton.
Her voice hoarse from heartbreak, Brown also ripped several of the Democratic mayoral candidates for feigning interest in the community and not returning after the bloodshed.
“They don’t care about me. If they did, they’d have been here yesterday,” she said. “The police stayed out here all night when the politicians were sleeping here. Where was the police when they killed my daughter?”