Life of young Antiguan tragically snuffed out in New York City shooting; father calls for justice for his son

The parents of a 25-year-old Antiguan, Juhwan Joseph, are angry and in grief after receiving news that their child had been shot and killed, possibly after being involved in a traffic collision.

US media report that Joseph was shot in his car on Tuesday night, January 25, in the Bronx, New York.

Following a traffic accident on the Bronx River Parkway, reports say that Joseph got into a dispute near 177th Street in the West Farms section.  Detectives believe he was shot by a person in the other vehicle who later fled from the scene.

Further media reports say the family of the deceased is from Antigua and moved to the United States 10 years ago, and Juhwan joined them after finishing his secondary education at the Antigua Grammar School.

The young man reportedly worked as a carpenter alongside his father, who says he went from work to home.

His distraught dad, Kenny Joseph, says it was a shock to have the police knock on his door 3 a.m., and advise him that his son had been killed.  He is quoted as saying that no parent should have to bury their child. 

Kenny describes Juhwan, his firstborn, as a good kid who had no problems with anyone.  Demanding justice for his son, he laments that there are too many guns on the streets of New York.

Here in Antigua and Barbuda, friends of the slain young man broke down in grief at the news of his murder.