Passersby recall a Bridgeport youngster who ‘liked to make you laugh’ usa local information
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BRIDGEPORT— The side road title of murder sufferer quantity 21 is spray painted on a wall on the base of the stairway the place he died Wednesday.
“JERRI RACKS” it reads in large capital letters that drip with crimson paint.
And the homicide of Jeri Kollock, only a week in need of his 19th birthday, is likely one of the extra violent to have took place within the Park City this yr.
Police mentioned Kollock used to be compelled to strip bare, robbed of his jewellery after which shot a number of instances as he attempted to break out.
He dragged himself to a door the place he cried for assist however died simply earlier than five p.m. on a again stairwell outdoor Building 1 of the Charles Greene Homes housing undertaking.
“That ain’t right,” mentioned Chicky Bush, who mentioned she heard Kollock additionally used to be overwhelmed. “Why would anyone do something like that?”
For an hour and a part past due Wednesday afternoon, Bush stood silently outdoor that Building 1 stair wall. On the sidewalk, lighted bottled memorial candles had been laid out to spell what Bush mentioned used to be Kollock’s side road title — RACKS. Among the candles had been an empty bottle of Hennessy and two bottles or Remy Martin, each in style cognacs.
Above the sidewalk, the spray-painted “JERRI RACKS” is matched additional up the road on every other wall with “AVE GOD RACKS.”
Bush mentioned she knew the teenager in addition to his oldsters. He’s been at her space, eaten her meals and performed along with her youngsters.
“He was a fun kid,” she mentioned of Kollock. “He liked to make you laugh. He’d come to my house and have me laughing until my stomach hurt.”
As Bush is speaking, an older, bearded man nods to her and says “damn shame.”
Seconds later, a tender woman named Tina, maintaining her 2-year-old son, spots Bush, walks over and provides her a tearful hug.
“I wish this would all stop,” the younger woman, who didn’t give her ultimate title, mentioned. “I wasn’t home when it happened. My 11-year-old was playing basketball. He called telling me he can’t come home. It’s roped off.”
The taking pictures itself didn’t surprise the woman.
“I’ve seen a lot of crazy stuff happen here,” she mentioned. “This is our life.”
Police have requested somebody with knowledge at the taking pictures to their nameless tip line at 203-576-TIPS.