Suspected Murder On Joralemon Street

Multiple news outlets are reporting that at around 9:30 Monday night, police responded to a call on Joralemon Street near Brooklyn Bridge Park, where they found a 23-year-old woman unconscious. She was pronounced dead at the scene of a gunshot to the head.

From NBC4:

Police said they’re not sure if a robbery led up to the shooting or if it was random, but they do believe it’s a murder.

More info will be posted as it becomes available.

UPDATED: According to the NY Post, the crime last night seems to be an episode of domestic violence.

The victim’s mother, Pauline Marks, said her daughter was on her way home from her job at a restaurant located inside the park called Fornino when her daughter was killed.

She said she believe’s [sic] the gunman to be an ex-boyfriend who had been menacing her for the past few weeks and whom she had filed an order of protection against, but police weren’t immediately able to confirm that.

UPDATED: PIX 11 is reporting that Lamont Wright, 53, described as a multiple previous offender and a registered sex offender, as well as being the victim’s ex-boyfriend, is in police custody and is being questioned.

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  • Concerned

    The victim, 23-year-old Michelle Marks of Crown Heights, was lying unconscious on a sidewalk in the park, near Joralemon Street, shortly before 9:30 p.m. Monday.

  • gc

    Terrible news.

  • Jorale-man

    This was only a matter of time with the park. Welcome to the new Brooklyn Heights.

  • Karl Junkersfeld

    Joralemon has gone from my second favorite street in the Heights to walk, after Garden Place, to the worst due to congestion. And now this….

    I feel terrible for the Marks family.

  • MaryT

    Sad, and sadly inevitable. I feel for her family and for our neighbors near the park. Will the BBP now step up and publicly acknowledge that there’s a serious problem that needs a solution?

  • redlola

    no, because that would be nimbyism and not facing the reality that we are part of the city and all that comes with it. michelle marks was a resident of the albany houses in crown heights. they say it was murder because she was not robbed or assaulted. she was targeted by the assailant who she likely knew, according to reports. i feel for her and her family and i also have grave concerns for this community.

  • petercow

    Damn Citibike.

  • Jorale-man

    Yes, it’s clear that BBP needs to show that it’s committed to turning the park around. There’s a need for more security in and around the park, whether it’s NYPD or, less favorably, private security. I see a patrol car stationed on Pier 2 now most afternoons, which is progress, but not enough.


    You are deranged. BH has been comparatively crime free for years. Comparing murder statistics across 5 boroughs in order to whitewash the significance of this homocide is beyond idiotic.

    People are killed daily in Syria, so we should really lighten up about Joralemon Street, right?

    Why don’t you just move to Brownsville?

  • Michael

    As I said in a previous post, the park is going to ruin Brooklyn heights.

    17 days ago someone responded with this: A Tree •

    “The best thing to happen to this part of Brooklyn in decades is ruining the neighborhood because some teens are fighting?” And now it escalates.

  • Sen. Bob Forehead
  • StudioBrooklyn

    “You are deranged” “why don’t you just move”

    You can do better than this, Chase. We’re all neighbors here.


    The “Why don’t you just move to Brownsville?” was clearly facetious.

    The “you are deranged” was not.

    Making light of murder in our neighborhood because it also happens elsewhere is patently absurd.

  • Cate

    The victim’s mother told NBC that the victim’s ex-boyfriend assaulted her last weekend and that she was going to file a restraining order against him. She worked at Fornino, on Pier 6 in the park, and had just gotten off of work at 9, and texted a friend that the ex-boyfriend had showed up with a gun.

    If that is the truth, this was a case of domestic violence and assault that, as it too often does, led to a young woman’s death. It could have happened anywhere, had she worked in another location, this young woman just had the misfortune of walking through a dark, empty area to get home from work.

    The location is an unfortunate coincidence. But by all means, yes, absolutely. Let’s jump to conclusions about the basketball courts and how this horrible incident is more proof that they’re ruining Brooklyn Heights by bringing in people from other neighborhoods, before we have any of the full details.

  • redlola

    when did i compare anything? one murder is too much for me. i guess i’m not allowed to dislike murder.

  • petercow

    Lying in wait, premeditation..hopefully this person never sees light of day.

  • redlola

    you are deranged cause you are clearly replying to some comment that is not mine. reading is fundamental.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    I don’t concur with your conclusion that Redlola was “making light” of this incident. She astutely pointed out that its connection to the location where it occurred was more incidental than not.

    Regardless, I find it a little baffling that so many commenters here feel at such liberty to resort to ad hominem attacks, especially when they so often have otherwise intelligent and valuable contributions (such as you do).

  • Teresa

    Here’s a link to an updated NY Post story, which I’ll incorporate into the post shortly.

  • Banet

    Adding to what Cate said below, an official statement from the 84th precinct:

    “Last night at approximately 9:30 PM, a 23 year old female was shot and killed inside of Brooklyn Bridge Park near the Atlantic Avenue entrance adjacent to Pier 6. We believe this shooting was the result of an ongoing domestic dispute. The victim worked at a location inside of the park and she was confronted as she left work. We have no reason to believe that this incident was related to any of the issues we have had in the park this year such as overcrowding and/or unruly crowds. We will continue to increase our patrol coverage within the park using all available resources including the 25 Police Officers permanently assigned to the Park.”

    So this shooting could’ve occurred in Fornino’s. Or where it occurred. Or along Atlantic Avenue. Or at Borough Hall. Or outside the front door of her apartment building. Her death had nothing to do with the park, the patrons of the park, the basketball courts, or a lack of security.


    I’m just really tired of this politically correct anti-Not-In-My-Backyard attitude.

    Our once sleepy haven has been made part of NYC’s general population due to very bad civic planning.

    We had very few criminals living in or visiting 11201; in NYC overall, there are many. If suddenly New York’s said general population is encouraged to use Brooklyn Heights as a thruway, our local crime rate will increase exponentially by nature.

    But as soon as this is sent, the anti-NIMBY police will twist this into a discussion about race and entitlement.

    And that’s what set me off about Redlola’s comment.


    You proclaim nimby-ism when Brooklyn Heights doesn’t want to be part of New York’s median crime rate. You are deranged.


    You proclaim nimby-ism when Brooklyn Heights doesn’t want to be part of New York’s median crime rate.

  • redlola

    i think the underlying issue is this. we all talk about the systemic issues that make other neighborhoods crime-ridden. why would is it not ok to express concern when the outputs of those systemic issues that ppl argree should be fixed elsewhere suddenly end up in our community. This particular situation seems like a one-off as it was likely specific to this woman’s relationship. Unfortunately, her ex (if he did indeed do this as reports suggest) had no regard for human life and an clear objective so it could and would have happened anywhere. That said, the other crimes that the neighborhood has experienced on joralemon and elsewhere adjacent to the park as specifically related to park traffic. i think the park is a great amenity for all who enjoy it but there do need to be some better systems in place for managing the impact of the hordes of people coming through what is essentially a bedroom community. Those of us who live here should never feel shamed for expressing concern over developments that are concerning.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    …and that’s how you write an opening remark! (Slow clap) :)

    Seriously though, this is getting to be a very old discussion on this blog by now. The most useful conclusion I think we can reach is that nobody here wants crime, obviously, but we just have different attitudes about whether we’re entitled to not have more than we used to in light of the way the city around us is changing. Those attitudes in turn drive our feelings about what to do about the crime. And NIMBYism is a way of characterizing some of those attitudes but it doesn’t comprise a cogent argument one way or the other.

  • redlola

    i am so confused. i was sarcastic in my use of nimbyism. i am saying we will be called nimbyist if we express concerns about events adjacent to the heights

  • Rebecca R

    The post needs to be updated to reflect that it is a domestic violence issue and not a random assault.


    Lol. Well, in that case, I fully retract my statement. I’d like to point it at the anti-Nimby crowd instead. My mistake.

  • Teresa

    See post below, Rebecca. It was published with what info was known. When I am near a computer, I will update it.

  • ColumbiaHeightster

    Details are still unfolding, but all signs seem to be pointing to this as a tragic case of domestic violence…having nothing to do with the park. This blog has plenty of outlets for folks to express their views with respect to the park and the basketball courts. Feels inappropriate to do it here. Someone was murdered, and in my opinion, squabbling about the park feels very petty.