Student Killed During New York's J'Ouvert Was Accosted By A Man
Tiarah Poyau was 22 and attended St. Johns University. She had dreams of becoming an accountant.
City officials are debating whether or not to continue Brooklyn's J'Ouvert festival after a St. Johns University student was shot and killed for telling a man to stop grinding on her.
According to reports, 22-year-old Tiarah Poyau was with three friends enjoying the early morning activities of the pre-West Indian Day parade when she was accosted by a man. Poyau, who was studying to be an accountant, told the man to "get off me." Her friends were walking ahead of her, then at about 4:15AM heard a shot and saw Poyau fall to the ground at Empire Boulevard and Franklin Avenue. Poyau was shot right above the eye at close range.
Before his arrest, 20-year-old Reginald Moise told friends "I think I shot somebody on the parade route. I didn’t know the gun was loaded.” Moise, who has five priors, was later nabbed Tuesday morning. Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce--who spoke highly of the victim--said Moise tried to get rid of the murder weapon.
“He makes a phone call directly after the shooting and tells a friend of his, ‘Would you mind if I put my gun into your apartment?’ "
Police says the friend was Moise's girlfriend. At the woman's home, Moise drunkenly fired two rounds into a mirror, injuring his hand. One bullet entered a neighbors house and the neighbor alerted authorities.