Corona, NY — Council Member Francisco Moya issued the following statement after a man was fatally shot by an alleged MS-13 gang member and on the gang-related graffiti scrawled on his District Office:

“Gang activity is not going to be tolerated here. The people of this community will not be made to feel afraid in the streets they walk, on the trains they take or in the homes where they live.

“If intimidation is MS-13’s goal when its members resort to gun violence — as is reportedly the case in Sunday’s fatal shooting of a man on the 90th Street stop on the 7 train — or when they spray paint gang graffiti in our neighborhoods — as they did on my district office this weekend — they will fail in those endeavors. We are stronger than any senseless display of force.

“My heart goes out to the family of the man fatally shot in broad daylight on Sunday. Nobody deserves to lose a loved one in such a horrific manner and you have my sincere condolences for your loss.

“Thank you to the men and women of the 115th Precinct investigating the shooting and to those of the 110th Precinct looking into the graffiti incident; there is no evidence to suggest these two incidents are connected in any way.

“I will continue to work with the community and the police to make this a place for New Yorkers to peacefully live and work. We are better than this.”

The NYPD is investigating the graffiti incident.


For background: Council Member Moya has allocated funds for graffiti removal initiatives at both the 110 and 115th Precincts and has repeatedly joined Neighborhood Coordination Officers (NCOs) to paint over gang graffiti across the district.