A reputed member of the Bloods street gang has been indicted for allegedly shooting and killing a 15-year-old boy in the victim’s hometown of North Bellport a decade ago, federal authorities said.
Trendell Walker pleaded not guilty Tuesday to murder as well as gun and drug charges in a 12-count indictment at Central Islip federal court. The 29-year-old alleged gang member from Patchogue is accused of killing Alvin Brothers in 2007.
“Alvin had barely begun to start his young life when he was taken from us,” Suffolk County Legis. Kate Browning (WF-Shirley) said upon dedicating a bench in the victim’s honor on the first anniversary of the slaying.
The victim was standing on the corner of Post Avenue and Patchogue Avenue when he was shot while walking home from a anti-crime National Night Out event aimed at fostering relations between police and the community shortly before midnight on Aug. 7, 2007, authorities have said.
The shooter fled in a vehicle. Brothers was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly later.
The shooting in part inspired lawmakers to push for the installations of Shot Spotter in North Bellport and other high-crime Suffolk communities. The gunshot detection system helps police respond more quickly to shootings, improving chances of catching culprits sooner.
Walker, who investigators said is also known as “Live Wire” and “Debo,” was additionally charged with possession of a firearm, using a firearm during a drug trafficking crime, assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering, conspiracy to distribute cocaine, heroin and PCP, among other counts, according to court documents.
The suspect was being held at the federal detention center in Brooklyn on prior charges from last year prior to the addition of the murder count, records show. Prosecutors are reportedly considering seeking the death penalty in the case.