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Second arrest in D’aja Robinson’s murder

Brooklyn youth, 16, charged in bus shooting; McClinton on trial 9/22

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Posted: Thursday, August 7, 2014 10:30 am

The NYPD last Wednesday arrested a second person in connection with the May 2013 shooting death of a 14-year-old South Jamaica girl on a city bus.

Shamel Capers, 16, of Brooklyn, has been charged with second-degree murder, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and first-degree reckless endangerment in the killing of D’aja Robinson.

Capers faces 15 years to life in prison if convicted on all charges. He was ordered held without bail.

D’aja had just left a Sweet 16 party with friends and had boarded a Q6 bus on Sutphin Boulevard near Baisley Park when the bus was raked with nine shots from the sidewalk.

The high school freshman, whose nickname was Asia, was struck in the head. EMS personnel rushed her to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where she was declared dead.

A memorial established at the bus stop where she died still has candles, flowers and messages to the slain teenager from family and friends.

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, in a statement issued by his office, said Capers was arraigned last Wednesday night before Queens Criminal Court Judge Michelle Armstrong.

“According to the criminal complaint, the defendant — a teenager himself — senselessly fired into the side of a Q6 bus and then a codefendant grabbed the gun and also fired several rounds,” Brown said.

“By their alleged actions, these two defendants showed a wanton disregard for human life and now face up to life in prison,” he added.

Police sources said D’aja was not the intended victim of the shooting, which they believe to have been gang-related. Authorities said they do not believe the victim had any connection with gangs.

Kevin McClinton, 22, is scheduled to go to trial for her murder on Sept. 22. He was charged in June 2013 after he was arrested in South Carolina, where he had fled before being pursued by U.S. Marshals and NYPD detectives.

McClinton also is being held without bail. Brown’s office said he had a court appearance last Thursday before Queens Supreme Court Judge Gregory Lasak.

Police sources and numerous published reports back in 2013 alleged that McClinton was associated with a crew called the Snow Gang, while the intended target may have been associated with a rival gang called EBK.

Both groups are well-known to the NYPD’s 113th Precinct.

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