STATEN ISLAND, NY – A 32-year-old boxer has been identified as the man shot dead in an early morning homicide in Clifton on Sunday.
Graschino Yancy, a former Daily News Golden Gloves competitor, was shot in the leg in the back of 260 Park Hill Ave. around 12:40 a.m. Sunday, according to police.
Yancy was attending a barbecue in the neighborhood and was in the borough to mourn the loss of a family member when he was shot, police said.
He recently returned to New York City from Minnesota where he worked as a construction worker, said Pat Russo, 58, a retired cop and boxing program director on the borough who worked in the ring with Yancy.
“He was a good fighter, but he was also a good person,” Russo said.
As Yancy grew up in the Island’s Atlas Cops & Kids Boxing Club program, Russo said the Clifton native felt a desire to give back. “As he got older he became one of our coaches there, one of our mentors,” Russo said, “because he appreciated what the gym did for him. and he became a trainer. “
Speaking of Yancy’s selfless nature, Russo was resolved – “Her life mattered.”
Tributes to Yancy poured into Facebook on Sunday as family and friends mourned her death.
“I ask all who knew him and who love him to celebrate his life with love and laughter in these difficult times,” the victim’s sister, Elle, wrote on Facebook. “If you knew how light Grash is (‘is’ because his energy will never die) you would understand that is what he would want now.”
“Let’s channel these painful emotions into positivity and help his mind return in peace to his Creator with his big white and beautiful smile as we remember and celebrate the light, laughter and genuine energy that he has brought into our lives. one way or another, form, or form, ”she added.
Candles were lit in his honor not far from where was shot on Sunday morning.
“Hearing the death of a humble man like Grashino Yancy is very disturbing to me,” one person wrote on Facebook. “He didn’t deserve this. “
“You were there for me and many others during the tough times,” wrote another friend. “We will never forget you.”
Hours after Yancy’s death, a second shootout occurred just steps away near 225 Park Hill Ave., Advance / SILive.com previously reported.
A 43-year-old man was shot dead and taken to Staten Island Teaching Hospital in Ocean Breeze following the incident, but is expected to survive, police said.
A section of Park Hill Avenue near Sobel Court was cordoned off after the shooting as the NYPD investigated the area.
Juan, who was visiting a friend and provided only his first name, said he heard three gunshots while in one of the Park Hill apartments on Sunday afternoon. “It was loud,” Juan said. “It’s scary.”
No arrests were made in the two shootings, police said.
Yancy’s death marked the third homicide in four days on Staten Island.
A 35-year-old man with five children, Barry moultrie, was shot dead on Wednesday morning in a corner of West Brighton.
Later that evening, a 25-year-old man who had just returned from prison in the community – Kaseem scott – died after being shot inside a grocery store on Richmond Terrace in Mariners Harbor.
No arrests were made in either case, the NYPD said, and investigations are continuing.
As of July 20, the NYPD had responded to 21 shootings in Staten Island, up from 10 at the same time last year. Citywide shootings are up nearly 69%, department says CompStat figures.