Gambians in New York are mourning the death of a community organizer, Bakary Darboe, a native of Pakaliba in Jarra, after he was attack and killed by a serial criminal in his apartment complex, in the New York borough of the Bronx.
Darboe, 46, is husband, a father of six and a lab technician at the New York University, a private nonprofit research college who is taking classes at the Mercy College.
New York Police Department said the attack was ‘completely unprovoked’ when Junal Jordan, who has been released from prison on parole attacked him, beating him to death.
Darboe was stepping out of the elevator after returning home to pick up his wallet on E. 156th Street in Melrose when Jordan, 40, who was shadowboxing launched his attack.
“The guy is shadowboxing in the hallway when the elevators open up and he pulls the guy out of the elevator and beats him,” said a witness. “He got up to walk away but he was hit again several times on his head until he fell.”
New York’s Daily News reported that Junal Jordan, the accused killer has been arrested 20 times since 1993 for many crimes including assault, robbery, reckless endangerment and drug possession.
He was first sent to prison in 1999 on drug-related charges and released in 2005 on parole until 2008. He was arrested in 2006 for series of robberies and sentenced to eight years in prison. He was released on parole in 2014.
Darboe had arrived in the U.S. 12 years ago and was one of the founders of the Jarra Association For Cooperation and Development, a nonprofit that is helping the unprivileged in his native rural Gambia.
The people have rallied to support his family and a GoFundMe to help with funeral arrangements.