A 16-year-old boy was arrested Thursday for the murder of Jaryan Elliot, who was killed on July 11 in broad daylight. Police have not revealed the suspect’s name because he is a minor. He is charged with murder after allegedly slaying 13-year-old Jaryan “Jay Ripp” Elliot on East 187th Street near Prospect Avenue in Belmont last month.
Police claimed the shooting was part of an ongoing gang war. Authorities suspect that Jaryan Elliot was killed in retaliation for the death of 19-year-old rapper Tyquill Daugherty. Daugherty was the first death of many in a string of gang-fueled violence on the streets of New York.
According to reports, Daugherty was shot in the head outside his Crotona Ave. home at 11:35 p.m. on July 7. Recent middle school graduate Jaryan Elliot was at the scene when Daugherty was shot, though police don’t suspect the 13-year-old pulled the trigger. Elliot was shot and killed a few days later in Belmont, five blocks from where Daugherty was attacked.
Ramon Gil-Medrano, 16, was assassinated several hours later, according to police. It is believed gang members associated with Daugherty sought revenge for his death. It was reported that two males on scooters had gunned down Gil-Medrano in Mount Hope, a mile from where Elliot was shot.
Gil-Medrano was affiliated with the gang 800 YGz, or “Young Gunnaz” and witnessed the death of 13-year-old Jaryan Elliot. In July, Police Commissioner Dermot Shea explained that “we’ve had a bad run right now in the Bronx, specifically with gang violence involving young kids.”
He continued, claiming that “this is what — literally I’ll tell you, this is what keeps me up. It kept me up last night. What are we going to do about this? And I think everyone should be talking about it and I’ve said that many times.”
Commissioner Shea posted on Twitter Friday celebrating the arrest of the 16-year-old killer who shot young Elliot. “Thanks to the hard work & dedication of [NYPD 48th Precinct] detectives – yesterday, a 16-year-old male has been arrested & charged with the murder of 13-year-old Jaryan Elliot.”
Authorities say the 16-year-old suspect was charged with murder, manslaughter, and criminal possession of a firearm. Police said he is part of a gang, though its name was not revealed to the public. The boy has a long record, reports claim. He was arrested three times before for criminal possession of stolen property, grand larceny, and robbery.
Police released surveillance images of the unnamed suspect days after Elliot was murdered. In the photos, the 16-year-old boy can be seen pointing a gun while standing in the middle of the street. His only cover is a dark Honda Accord with three orange stripes on the hood. The boy was wearing a dark red or maroon hooding when he shot the 13-year-old boy.
Jaryan Elliot was reportedly trying to leave the Crips, a violent gang in New York. One of Elliot’s grief-stricken friends said in July that “two weeks ago we was with him, and he was telling us how he was tired of this gang stuff. He wanted to get some money and get out of the ’hood.'” Elliot’s friends described the difficulties of leaving a gang. They warned that “it’s hard to get out of the gang. You gotta get beat up to get out.”
The Queens District Attorney, Melinda Katz, posted an announcement in the ongoing investigation into gang activity. With the help of NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig, the borough was able to indict 28 individuals for alleged gang activity. The announcement claimed that the defendants were all gang members of warring factions that resided within the Queensbridge and Ravenswood public housing developments.
All 28 defendants were charged with various crimes such as murder, attempted murder, attempted assault, criminal possession of a weapon, and others. According to the announcement, “they are all charged with conspiracy to commit murder and possession of illegal firearms.”
Commissioner Shea celebrated the victory on social media, posting to Twitter: “28 gang members charged in a 141-count indictment.” He continued, saying that the “crimes ranged from murder to possession of an illegal firearm, to the broad-daylight shooting of a 53-year-old teacher who was walking his dog.” Below the announcement, Shea wrote “#PrecisionPolicing at work!”