2012-07-19 / Other News

Vigil Held For Glenwood Houses Shooting Victim

By Sam Akhtar

Fulcher’s daughter Asani Boatwright, left, and Fulcher’s sister Pamela 
Photos by Sam Akhtar Fulcher’s daughter Asani Boatwright, left, and Fulcher’s sister Pamela Photos by Sam Akhtar A vigil was held on Saturday, July 14th at Glenwood Houses in front of the community center, steps from 5802 Farragut Road, to honor the memory of 26-year-old, Quentin “Q” Fulcher.

Fulcher, was shot multiple times on July 7th and eventually succumbed to his injuries and died at Brookdale Hospital that same day.

According to Derick Scott, outreach worker and assistant to the program manager at Save Our Streets Crown Heights (SOS), Fulcher was working with the organization as a violence mediator and was apparently trying to resolve a conflict at the time he was shot.

As the crowd began to filter in to attend the vigil on that hot afternoon, Fulcher's younger brother, Ronald, was initially hesitant to participate. He was overheard saying, “I just gave a suit (at the funeral home) for my brother. Nobody understands how much it hurts.”

Fulcher’s brother Ronald speaks to crowd Fulcher’s brother Ronald speaks to crowd The vigil began around 2 p.m. and the first comments were delivered by Q's self-described “lifetime partner,” Aisha Boatwright. She spoke of how their seven-year-old daughter, Asani, would never get to experience her father at her high school graduation and many other life moments. “I wish this pain on noone,” Boatwright said, choking back tears.

When asked how their daughter was coping with the loss of her father, Boatwright told the Canarsie Courier the little girl was not herself and was “isolated and angry.” After hearing the news, the child apparently had a sickle cell crisis and was in the hospital just days before the vigil.

Up next was the 24-year-old brother Ronald and, despite not wanting to be at the event, took the circle of gatherers on a trip down memory lane and spoke heartfelt about his beloved brother, holding nothing back.

Ronald spoke of the kind of person Q was and how he affected his life. In one particular story, the younger brother spoke of a time when he had chicken pox and was confined to a bed as he could hear other children playing outside. He told the crowd how Q was the one to sit by his bed and kept him company.

The real talk also included Ronald's trip to the hospital once he heard his brother was shot on that fateful night. “I saw my brother at the hospital. He was very peaceful. If I could take that and turn it into something positive, I'll be all right.”

The younger Fulcher took the opportunity to appeal to the sensibilities of those in the crowd and spoke of standing united and learning from the senseless violence.

The family was also adamant to refute other published reports that referenced the 26-year-old's juvenile record. “He was not a menace to society, he was an asset to the community - a loving father, son, brother. Make sure you put that in the newspaper,” exclaimed Boatwright.

The close knit family tended to each other and members of the crowd. However, absent from the vigil was Quentin's mother, who was apparently inside the family's apartment at the time. Pamela Fulcher, Quentin's younger sister, told the Canarsie Courier, her mother and Q were unbelievably close and was extremely hurt and grief stricken by the sudden loss of her son.

The family implores anyone with any information about Quentin Fulcher's murder to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential. To date, no arrests have been made.

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