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Shooting deaths in Fort Greene Park echo a more violent time

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Two men were shot and killed in Fort Greene Park on Friday, but by Monday afternoon the bloody crime scene was far from the minds of most park goers.

Children played in fountains, joggers pounded up the park’s challenging stairs, and workers shot some hoops on their lunch break, just feet away from where a shooter let off nine rounds, killing Jahmal Issac Page, 21, and Anthony Earl-Govon, 22, and injuring a third man at 11:30 pm three days earlier. The killings, which reportedly took place as some 50 kids hung out nearby, were a grisly reminder of a time when Fort Greene was synonymous in some people’s minds with crime. One park goer said that the past violence was not confined to the neighborhood, which has been a bohemian hots pot since the 1980s, but was a fact of life in the whole borough.

“It’s Brooklyn,” said Domenick Propati, sitting on the sidelines of a basketball game. “Depending on how long you’ve lived in Brooklyn, that’s what you expect.”

Police have no suspect so far in the killings, which occurred on the Myrtle Avenue side of the park near Saint Edwards Street, police said.

That fact worried Sean and Colleen Greene of Kensington, who were dog-sitting in the neighborhood but, after being informed of the killings, said that they would not return to the park. Despite the vow to keep away, the pair said the shooting did not come as a shock.

“I’m not surprised, personally,” Sean Greene said.

Long-term neighborhood residents vowed to stay put, saying that they do not want to cede ground to criminals.

“I’ve been living here for 23 years,” said Mayra Gonzalez, a Fort Greene resident who walks through the park every day. “I can’t let them bully me out.”

There have been seven shooting incidents in the Fort Greene area so far this year, compared with the same number last year at this time, according to police statistics. That is down from 14 shootings at this time in 2001 and 60 by August of 1993.

On Monday afternoon, two men walking out of the park referred to Myrtle Avenue by a nickname that is less prevalent nowadays.

“Do you want to take Murder?” one man asked.

Reach reporter Jaime Lutz at jlutz@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-8310. Follow her on Twitter @jaime_lutz.
Updated 2:44 pm, August 13, 2013
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Reasonable discourse

Manposeur from Windsor terrace says:
This time cops should set up guard towers & patrols
Aug. 13, 2013, 10:43 am
kay from fort greene says:
"That fact worried Sean and Colleen Greene of Kensington, who were dog-sitting in the neighborhood but, after being informed of the killings, said that they would not return to the park. Despite the vow to keep away, the pair said the shooting did not come as a shock."

This article is very poorly written.
Aug. 13, 2013, 12:57 pm
BunnynSunny from The Hill says:
It's a shame to see violent crime on the rise in Fort Greene.
Aug. 13, 2013, 1:17 pm
Joey from Clinton Hills says:
why is this any different than the killings that happen across the street in the projects?

Also, this happened late at night in the Park...much different than daytime in the park.
Aug. 13, 2013, 4:17 pm
jay from Washington Ave says:
r.i.p jahmal you gonna forever be missed my ——
Aug. 13, 2013, 4:48 pm
nic from bed stuy says:
R.i.p jahmal i still cant believe your gone it sad who didnt love you funny and good mad cool
Aug. 13, 2013, 5:42 pm
Friend from Tompkin says:
Rip jovan may your soul rest in piece
Aug. 13, 2013, 9:38 pm
JG from Clinton Hill says:
No suspects with that many witnesses?
Aug. 14, 2013, 9:24 am
Raul Rothblatt from Prospect Heights says:
I wish the families my condolences. It's a very upsetting loss.
Aug. 14, 2013, 10:53 am
jbell from east new york says:
r.i.p. jahmal..IMMA MISS YAH SHORT ASS LOL ..(U ALREADY SNOW..)JAHMAL VOICE
Aug. 16, 2013, 1:14 pm
lay says:
No one had to died
Aug. 22, 2013, 2:02 pm
love says:
Is cazzy hoq people get kill and nobody. No a dam thing somebody no something. Rip jovon I feel your mom pain
Aug. 22, 2013, 2:10 pm
baby says:
Who told anying body to take a life
Oct. 5, 2013, 10:25 pm
J from Brooklyn says:
Jo was my cousin . not a day goes by where i don't think about him
Aug. 29, 2015, 8:07 pm

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