Members of Carl David Richardson’s family mourned his loss along with friends on Tuesday, standing side by side at a podium in front of their Springfield Gardens home, following the tragedy that had unfolded just days prior.
On March 27, Richardson allegedly scuffled with Cedric Simpson, 34, of Cambria Heights, at Select Stylez barber shop in Laurelton, over a pair of headphones, estimated in value at $50.
Published sources quoted police as saying Simpson fatally wounded Richardson with a pair of scissors in a fit of rage after refusing to pay him for the headphones.
Simpson was taken into custody at the scene. Charges are pending from the District Attorney’s Office, police said.
At Tuesday’s press conference, grieving family members were fostering hope that the man responsible for such an egregious act be brought to justice.
“Carl was more than a boyfriend to me ... he was my inspiration, my role model,” Richardson’s girlfriend of three years, Sheneque Mardner, 18, said.
Mardner added that she was thankful for the time she had spent with Richardson.
His parents were reserved through the press conference, but Richardson’s father, who shares the same name, thanked the members of the NYPD for their diligence and timely response.
“We will get through this,” said the elder Richardson.
It was approximately 1:55 p.m. when Richardson was stabbed twice in the neck and once in the chest, Sherina Peredaviz, 30, his older sister, said.
He was later pronounced dead at Franklin General Hospital in Valley Stream, LI.
Peredaviz was teary-eyed as she reminisced about her brother’s blithe spirit.
She said that the family had chosen to call the press conference in order to address the suspected killer’s recent claims that he stabbed Richardson in self-defense.
“Cedric Simpson, we have chosen to forgive you,” Peredaviz exclaimed, with tears in her eyes “I forgive you. My family forgives you.”
During the incident, an unidentified customer at the barbershop apparently held Richardson in his arms as the victim whispered his last words: “Please pray for me.”
The family did not allude to who this Good Samaritan was, only that he was soaked in blood-stained clothing after cradling Richardson in his arms.
“It is our hope that the man who stood with my brother and prayed for him during his last breath, come forward so we can thank you,” Peredaviz said.
City Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) extended his condolences to Richardson’s family, and spoke to the strength and courage of their will.
“This family is a strong family, and I think this nation can learn from this family today,” he said.
The Richardson family set up a website at CarlDavidRichardson.com to bring awareness to unnecessary violence and to continue his memory.
A funeral for the 19-year-old will be held today, Thursday, April 3, at the J. Foster Phillips Funeral Home in Jamaica.
Richardson is survived by his mother and father, brother, sister, three nephews and niece.