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The victim was identified as Teriana Holcombe, 21, of Cambria Heights.
By Forum Staff
Authorities have charged Joel Lattore, of St. Albans, with murder in the shooting death of 21-year-old Teriana Holcombe on August 15. Police say that the 34-year-old shooter, had had a physical fight with the victim’s friend earlier that evening and returned with a group of friends.
As Holcombe and her friends walked home from a store, a male from the other group called out to them and when they turned to see who was calling to them, shooting began. Holcombe was struck once in the head and Lattore fled the scene.
The defendant was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court before Judge Elisa Koenderman on charges of second-degree murder, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and first-degree reckless endangerment. Judge Koenderman held the defendant without bail and ordered him to return to court on September 8, 2017.
“The senseless killing of this young woman is another example of why we must remain vigilant in the fight against illegal firearms,” said District Attorney Richard Brown. “The victim in this case was just 21 years old and could have lived a long, fulfilling life if not for this needless gun violence.”
If convicted, Lattore faces up to 25 years to life in prison.