Today I received a troubling email from a friend at the Rashawn Brazell Memorial Fund. They received and email from someone who knew Roberto Duncanson, who the writer of the email says people in the Black gay community knew as Pancho. I won’t publish the name of the writer of the email since I don’t have his permission, but he does say he wants to get the word out, so I thought this would be a good place to start. The email states:
A young man that I knew named “Pancho” (or “Poncho”) and his friend were confronted by one or more men in Brooklyn who had called one of both of them “faggot.” I believe this took place on St. Marks Avenue near New York Avenue from what has been relayed to me and from a short clip that I found in Sunday’s NY Daily News (page 15 in the “NY Minute” section). The confrontation resulted in the young man being stabbed and he died. He was only 20 years old. I’ve confirmed the story with a mutual friend who got the news Friday night while we were out together.
I went out a bought a copy of the Sunday edition of the NY Daily News to find the story, and it reads as follows:
Wanted Man in fatal fight
A 20-YEAR-OLD man was stabbed to death early yesterday during a fight in Brooklyn. Roberto Duncanson who had a warrant out for his arrest, was knifed on St. Marks Place in Crown Heights, a few blocks from his home . Paramedics found him on the sidewalk and took him to Kings County Hospital, where he died.
Robert F. Moore
I hate it when news organizations do this bullshit. What does the fact that he had a warrant for his arrest have to do with anything? Nor do we know if the warrant was for unpaid parking tickets or mass murder–the latter I highly doubt. Why do they need to say that? Does his death not count, or is somehow justified because he had a warrant? They did they same shit with Brazell.
In any case, I don’t know what else to do about the gratuitous violence in our neighborhoods anymore. Vigils aren’t solving the problem. Neither are rewards from CrimeStoppers. Nor is telling people to Stop Snitching. Nor is HIV/AIDS prevention money.
Enough complaining. If you or someone you know has more information about what happened, please leave a not here, and I will forward it to his friend.