Scores of NYPD cops stormed two Harlem housing projects on Wednesday in what is the largest gang case in city history. More than 100 crew members from the warring gangs Make It Happen Boys, Money Avenue, and 3 Staccs have been indicted on charges ranging from conspiracy to murder. The members are between the ages of 15 and 30.
“If you choose this lifestyle, you will suffer the same fate as these individuals,” says NYC Police Commissioner Bill Bratton.
One of the murder victims was 18-year-old nationally-ranked Murry Bergtraum point guard Tayshana “Chicken” Murphy, who was the sister of 3 Staccs member Taylonn (Bam Bam) Murphy.
Since 2010, there were 10 murders, 46 nonfatal shootings, and 27 reports of shots fired in the Manhattanville and Grant housing projects, says Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., and social media plays a huge part in plotting the deaths of rival gang members.
According to court papers, gang member Davon (Hef) Goulbourne posted, “THASS WHY N—-S FRIED THE CHICKEN,” on Facebook, referring to Murphy’s murder.
Rival gang member Brian Cabrera replied, “NOW IMAAA KILL YUHH.”
“For at least four years, these gangs waged a campaign of violence simply for the sake of violence,” Vance says.
The defendants are expected to be arraigned Thursday.