Downstairs neighbor ID'd after father, son killed amid apparent noise dispute in Brooklyn

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Friday, November 3, 2023
Neighbor ID'd after father, son killed amid apparent noise dispute
Crystal Cranmore has the latest on the double murder of a father and son in an upstairs apartment in East Flatbush, Brooklyn.

EAST FLATBUSH, Brooklyn (WABC) -- Authorities have released new information about the man wanted for allegedly killing a father and son after an apparent dispute over noise in their Brooklyn apartment.

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Jason Pass, 47, is being sought in the double murder of the residents in an upstairs apartment Sunday night.

Pass has been identified from surveillance video recovered by police that shows the entire shooting.

Family members identified the victims on Monday as 47-year-old Bladimy Mathurin and his 27-year-old son Chinwai Mode.

At one point, the surveillance video appears to show Mathurin hold a pair of scissors to Pass' neck as his wife tries to pull him away. Seconds later shots rang out as Mathurin headed back to his apartment.

While community leaders believe Mathurin was trying to protect his family, the suspect's sister, who did not want to be identified, said it was self defense.

The incident appears to be the result of a yearslong dispute over noise between the neighbors.

Six 311 calls were made from Pass' apartment since March 8, 2022, complaining about the noise from the upstairs apartment.

The victims' apartment above has wooden floors, and while the calls were about banging on the floor, it was likely the noise of walking.

The apartment upstairs didn't have carpeting and it was a wood floor, so there was a lot of noise. People walking back and forth generated these calls, a police official said.

"Kids make noise all the time, it doesn't dictate for someone to come up with a firearm and take someone's life," said family friend Mickael Louis.

The hunt is now on for Pass, who fled the building in the elevator and was last seen eastbound on foot. He has one prior arrest for robbery in 1992.

Now the victims' family is holding onto memories.

"Why would you bring your gun to shoot my family, why would you bring a gun to tear my family apart?" said Marie Delilles.

Community leaders came together Tuesday to denounce the violence outside the apartment complex and there is a renewed focus on bringing anti-violence and mental health services to the community.

The community leaders are planning a prayer vigil for Wednesday night.

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