Tuesday, July 11th at 6pm in Richmond Hill

(July 10, 2023 at 9am)

QUEENS, NY – Following the horrific July 8 shooting spree across South Queens and East New York that claimed the life of 86-year-old Hamoo Saeidi and left three others seriously injured, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. will host a community vigil tomorrow, July 11, at 6pm on the corner of 109th Street and Jamaica Avenue in Richmond Hill — the site of Saeidi’s murder — to honor those impacted by these senseless, random shootings and shine a spotlight on the crises that fuel gun violence.

“Another day, another example of an everyday activity becoming a life-and-death endeavor in America. This time, it was a beloved senior right here in Richmond Hill who was killed for having the audacity to take a simple Saturday stroll through the community he called home for decades,” said Borough President RICHARDS. “Queens’ collective heart breaks for Mr. Saeidi’s family and friends, and we’re pray that our three neighbors wounded in this shooting spree make full physical, mental and emotional recoveries. Join us tomorrow night as we uplift Richmond Hill and all those impacted by Saturday’s events.

“We’ve made significant progress as a city in reducing shooting incidents, addressing our mental health crisis and draining the tributaries that feed the river of gun violence our society has been swimming through,” added Borough President RICHARDS. “But Saturday’s shootings show us there is so much more to be done. Tomorrow night, we come together to mourn, but also to recommit ourselves to the work ahead.”

After wounding a 21-year-old in Brooklyn minutes earlier, the alleged gunman riding an illegal scooter shot and killed Saeidi as he walked down Jamaica Avenue, callously ending the life of a cherished member of the Richmond Hill community. The suspect, who has since been charged with murder among other crimes, would go on to shoot a 44-year-old man in the head on Hillside Avenue and a 63-year-old man in the shoulder on Jamaica Avenue, seriously wounding both, before being apprehended.

Members of the media who wish to attend the vigil are asked to RSVP by emailing [email protected] or calling 718-286-2640.

WHAT:         Borough President Richards Holds Community Vigil in Honor of South Queens Shooting Victims

WHEN:         Tuesday, July 11, 2023 at 6:00 PM
WHERE:       Corner of 109th Street and Jamaica Avenue in Richmond Hill

WHO:            DONOVAN RICHARDS JR., Queens Borough President

                        Community leaders and residents

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