Mom’s Anti-Violence Ceremony Helps Give Meaning To Son’s Death
It was a little over a year ago that the life of a bright Canarsie youth was cut short after he was stabbed in broad daylight in the middle of Flatlands Avenue and East 105th Street during an argument.
In a quiet ceremony last weekend, the youth’s mother gathered with friends, neighbors and relatives of the victim to commemorate the event and find some reason behind the murder of Hasson (Gotti) Borden.
“By highlighting the occasion, maybe we can help put an end to so much violence we see around us,” one local resident said, echoing the thoughts of Hasson’s mother, Linda Borden.
The 18-year-old victim was jumped by three men and stabbed to death on August 16, 2010 at about 3 p.m. The youth had apparently gotten into an argument with the men on the north side of the well-traveled street and, as he walked away, they followed him to the concrete island in the center of the roadway where one of the men sudden ly pulled a knife and started stabbing him.
About three days later, detectives from the 69th Precinct announced they had arrested a man who was eventually charged with the murder. His name was not disclosed and the case has not yet been finalized.
Last week, Gotti’s mother announced she was going to hold a small ceremony to mark the day her son was slain. At the time, she said she wanted to see that his death was not in vain and that, maybe, highlighting this special day would help to quell crime to a degree and, mostly, would, in some way, help to ease her pain.