The NYPD has identified a suspect in the 2021 shooting death of a 29-year-old man in Harlem — a slaying that unleashed a second round of grief for a mother who’d recently lost her only other son to cancer.
Police released a photo last week of suspect Javier Colon, 28 — who they say fatally shot Deshawn Gaddy — and asked the public’s help tracking him down. Colon’s last known address is in Carroll County, Ga., cops said.
Gaddy, the father of a baby girl, was killed a year and a half after his brother lost a battle to cancer. Kenneth “K.K.” Kimble was 28 when he died.
“Both incidents were just so random, like out of nowhere,” Gaddy’s sister Chatesha Johnson told the Daily News. “It was just devastating and surprising.”
Now her mother is struggling to get through the holidays with both her boys gone.
“She was just crying the other day because K.K. and Deshawn loved Thanksgiving and this is like their favorite holiday,” Johnson, 41, said. “It’s just been kind of tragic. We’re sad. We think about him. We do the best we can.”
Gaddy was shot in the chest near W. 138th St. and Lenox Ave. about 9:45 p.m. on March 11, 2021. A friend standing with him took a bullet to the leg during the chaos, police and Gaddy’s sister said.
Friends who witnessed the shooting took both men to Harlem Hospital, where Gaddy died.
Johnson said the family had never heard of Colon before he was named a suspect.
Colon has arrests in New York City dating to 2010, sources said. Most recently, he was arrested for criminal possession of a weapon in 2016.
Gaddy’s daughter was just a baby when he was killed. The birth had inspired Gaddy to “clean up his act,” according to his sister.
“I just want people to know … he’s a very loving and caring guy and he’s very generous,” she said, still referring to him in the present tense more than a year after his death. “He loves to help and he was a great father.”
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“He was an amazing father, very attentive,” she added. “He changed his whole demeanor, especially when he became a father. He changed his whole life.
Gaddy’s brother Kimble was diagnosed with a type of brain cancer that usually affects children. He died Sept. 13, 2019.
“He started to show symptoms of random little things. We took him to the hospital. They ran tests. It was so scary,” Johnson recalled. “We were just trying to figure out what he had.”
Three months later, the terminal cancer killed Kimble, whom Johnson described as a “father figure” to her own daughter.
“Amazing uncle, amazing brother,” Johnson said of the man, lovingly referred to as K.K. “He was very polite, very respectful. He was very well-liked.”
Police are still working to track down Colon and ask anyone with information about his whereabouts to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. Cops have not established a motive.
“Why? Why?” Johnson asked of the killer. “I can’t sum it up no more than that. Just, like, why?”
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