Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Man Charged in Cold-Case Murder of Gay Teen in Brooklyn

Been blogging about the gruesome murder of gay teenager Rashawn Brazell for more than 10 years -- I'd see his sweet face on posters around the city and become angry all over again -- and am so pleased a man has finally been charged. 

The New York Post reports:
Cops have finally nabbed a suspect in the gruesome 2005 slaying of a gay Brooklyn teen whose body was dismembered and dumped around the city, but the man insisted in court Wednesday that he couldn’t have committed the crime — because he “can’t even dissect a frog.” Kwauhuru Govan, 38, who was already locked up on another slay rap involving a Brooklyn girl a year earlier, was arrested at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Rikers Island on a charge of second-degree murder for the slaying of 19-year-old Rashawn Brazell, sources said. The severed limbs of Brazell, an aspiring website designer, were found on subway tracks Feb. 17, 2005 — three days after he disappeared — prompting fears at the time that there was a killer transit worker on the loose. A transit worker made the gruesome discovery inside a blue plastic bag. Brazell’s torso turned up at a recycling plant six days later. His head was never found. On the last day Brazell was seen alive, he told people he was meeting a tax preparer, but cops have said that may have been a ruse. Govan was nabbed as the result of a Brooklyn Supreme Court indictment and DNA linked him to the crime, sources said.
Rashawn will never come home, but here's hoping his family can finally find a modicum of peace knowing the monster police say committed this heinous crime is off the street..

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