The graduate student who was gunned down at a New York Caribbean culture festival was allegedly murdered after telling a man to stop grinding against her.
Tiarah Poyau, 22, was shot in the face after she told the man, ‘Get off me’, while walking with friends during the J’Ouvert festival in Brooklyn, police sources said.
Reginald Moise, 20, was taken into custody in connection with her death after he allegedly made statements that implicated himself to two people.
Tiarah Poyau, 22,was allegedly gunned down gushed on during the J’Ouvert festival in Brooklyn after she told a man to stop grinding against her
Poyau had been walking with three friends early Monday morning when she was shot in the eye ‘at close range’ around 4.15am, according to the New York Post.
Authorities said Moise was driving drunk and had a Caribbean flag wrapped around a bloodied hand when he was arrested on Tuesday morning.
Moise, who has five prior sealed arrests, allegedly called a friend after the shooting and told them: ‘Would you mind if I put my gun into your apartment?’.
Poyau, 22, was shot in the face after she told the man, ‘Get off me’, police sources said
He then told another friend: ‘I think I shot somebody on the parade route. I didn’t know the gun was loaded’, according to police sources.
Moise allegedly fled to to his girlfriend’s apartment following the shooting.
It was there he drunkenly fired two shots into a mirror, which caused the injury to his hand.
One of the bullets entered the home of a neighbor, who then notified authorities.
Moise then fled into his car and crashed into several parked vehicles, losing one of his tires, before he was stopped by police around 8am on Tuesday.
Police said they discovered the gun that killed Poyau at Moise’s girlfriend’s apartment, with tests confirming it matched to a shell found at the murder site.
Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said Moise told investigators he thought he shot somebody, saying: ‘The gun went off, I’m not sure’.
Moise has been charged with second-degree murder, criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment.
Meanwhile, no arrests have been made in the murder of 17-year-old Tyreke Borel.
Reginald Moise, 20 of Brooklyn, was arrested in connection with the Labor Day fatal shooting of Poyau. Bronx teenager Tyreke Borel, 17, (right) was also killed on violent morning
Borel, of the Bronx, was shot in the chest about 3:50am near Empire Boulevard and Flatbush Avenue durin the festival.
He was taken to the hospital, where he died.
Poyau was shot just a block away 30 minutes after Borel was shot, police said. She died at the hospital.
The aspiring accountant and was interning at top-five firm PwC in New York and getting her Master’s of Science at St John’s University, according to her LinkedIn profile.
Online, Poyau talked about her drive to become an accomplished professional — as well as her passion for traveling.
‘This young lady is just a stellar person,’ Boyce said. ‘No issues in her life whatsoever, and none before either.’
Moise, who has five prior sealed arrests, apparently made statements that implicated himself in the shooting (pictured) to two people
The bloodshed (pictured) happened during a a carnival celebrating Caribbean culture held before dawn each Labor Day
This year, the J’Ouvert parade cemented its reputation for violence and bloodshed.
The shootings came amid unprecedented precautions taken by police to ensure safety a year after Governor Andrew Cuomo’s aide was killed by a stray bullet at the early-morning celebration.
In a news conference on Monday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that ‘all options are on the table’ when answering questions concerning the future of J’Ouvert and if it might be canceled following the two tragic deaths, the New York Post reported.
‘I’m not going to go into detail until we do a full review,’ he said.
‘We’re going to look at the whole situation with the NYPD and community,’ de Blasio added.
People on a parade float play music during J’Ouvert, ahead of the annual West Indian-American Carnival Day Parade in Brooklyn
A man holds up a fake rifle during J’Ouvert, ahead of the annual West Indian-American Parade
City Councilman Brad Lander said that it’s ‘pretty clear that big changes are needed’.
‘I’m open to canceling it next year,’ he added.
Police say they’re investigating whether the shootings are related. No arrests have been made on Borel’s shooting.
A 23-year-old woman was also stabbed in the area, but police said she refused medical attention.
A 72-year-old woman was shot in the hand and the arm at the same location and was taken to a hospital in stable condition, police said.
The NYPD had planned to double the number of officers patrolling the neighborhood where a procession of steel drums and costumed revelers was set to kick off at 4am for J’Ouvert.
The tradition originated in the Caribbean and is celebrated in several North American cities with West Indian communities, including Boston and Toronto. The name, J’Ouvert, means daybreak, put together from the French words ‘jour’ and ‘Ouvert’
Police arrived at the scene where Poyau and Borel were gunned down Monday celebrating Caribbean culture in the hours before the city’s annual West Indian Day Parade
The department also added 42 new security cameras to watch over an estimated 250,000 revelers and illuminated this year’s celebration with 200 light towers.
For the first time, organizers of the parade were required to get a permit.
Police, in conjunction with community groups, also distributed fliers with a blunt message.
‘This community will no longer tolerate this violence. Do not shoot anyone. Do not stab anyone,’ the leaflets said.
The changes come a year after Cuomo’s aide Carey Gabay, 43, was shot in the head as two street gangs exchanged gunshots during J’Ouvert festivities.
Borel was shot in the chest at around 3.50am Monday in Brooklyn during J’Ouvert, the New York Police Department said
The bloodshed came amid unprecedented precautions taken by police to ensure safety at an event routinely marred by violence
Leaflets were released reading: ‘This community will no longer tolerate this violence. Do not shoot anyone. Do not stab anyone’
The changes come a year after Carey Gabay, a 43-year-old lawyer who had worked for Gov Andrew Cuomo
Gabay was a lawyer who had worked for Cuomo and was deputy counsel of the state’s economic development agency.
Earlier the same morning, a Bronx man, Denentro Josiah, was stabbed to death during festivities.
In 2014, a man was fatally shot and two people wounded during the celebration.
Organizers say the early morning festivities that led to what is now J’Ouvert started in the 1980s.
The tradition originated in the Caribbean and is celebrated in several North American cities with West Indian communities, including Boston and Toronto.
The name, J’Ouvert, means daybreak, put together from the French words ‘jour’ and ‘Ouvert.’
City officials and community organizers have long chafed at the perception that J’Ouvert, and the even larger West Indian Day American Day parade that follows hours later, are intrinsically hospitable to violence.