Bread deliveryman killed in Brooklyn

September 5, 2010 5:34:14 AM PDT
Police say rooftop gunplay by teens led to the death of a bread deliveryman on the street. "I just feel bad for the man sitting inside the vehicle -- 38 years old, driving to work, shot for nothing," Denise Alexander of Coney Island said.

Jorge Martinez was actually 39 years old and he made his living driving a white box van, delivering bread.

It's also how he died.

"It was very sad when the police come to my house at 4 o'clock in the morning. I was the first one," his friend, Robelo Mendoza, said.

Investigators from the 60th precinct spent most of the day Saturday on Avenue X.

Police say a group of teens was firing shots from the roof of the Marlboro houses.

Three bullets went into the van. One struck Martinez in the head.

He drove down the street before he crashed into a light pole and another car around 10:30 Friday night.

"I asked him how he could live this kind of life, because it's nighttime. To work at nighttime and sleep during the day, but he said no, everything I do is for my kids," Mendoza said.

Martinez was a divorced father of two and lived in Elmhurst. This was the weekend he had to spend with his two children, a 16 year old daughter and a 14 year old son.

"I saw the kids yesterday, they were so happy because she said, oh we're going to buy things for back to school," Mendoza said.

Mendoza says the two children of the Ecuadorian immigrant woke up Saturday morning to learn their father had been killed by a stray bullet.

"It's sad. Somebody had to loose their life over something stupid. Even if they we're just shooting to have fun, it's stupid. It's real ignorant," Lucy Mojita said.

So far no arrests have been made.


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