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Victim in alleged racial murder from Jamaica

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Posted: Friday, March 24, 2017 5:12 pm

Timothy Caughman grew up in Queens’ South Jamaica Houses, the son of a minister. Published reports state in his early adult years he worked in a number of community-based jobs, including one matching young people with employment opportunities. Later in life he lived a life of more modest means in Manhattan, taking an interest in show business celebrities.

His last few entries on his Twitter account commented on the death of billonaire philanthropist David Rockefeller, whom he had once met; the countdown to Autism Awareness month; and his mourning the passing of rock legend Chuck Berry.

On March 20, he crossed paths in Manhattan with James Jackson, 28, of Baltimore, who police and prosecutors say came to New York City to kill black men.

Caughman died shortly after making his way into the NYPD’s Midtown South headquarters, fatally wounded by a short sword. Jackson is being charged with second-degree murder, with the NYPD saying they are looking to up the charges if they can prove it was a hate crime.

“He came here to target black men,” said NYPD Assistant Chief Bill Aubry, chief  of detectives in Manhattan South in an audio feed from a press conference provided by the NYPD.

“He came to New York because it is the media capital of the world,” Aubry added.

“He wanted to make a statement.”

Aubry, declining to go into detail due to the nature and stage of the investigation, said Jackson did tell investigators that he had harbored hatred of black men for some time.

One published report states that Caughman was run through with the sword. EMS personnel transported Caughman to Bellevue Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

While Caughman was a native of Southeast Queens, he is not believed to be related to Manny Caughman, a longtime community leader who right now works for Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman (D-Springfield Gardens).

Caughman told the Chronicle that he and his family had received numerous calls — one from police — but that he did not know Timothy Caughman.

Aubry declined to comment on what if anything the victim was able to tell officers at the precinct house.

The chief credited the media and its dissemination of Jackson’s photo from surveillance video as key to his surrendering 24 hours later at the NYPD substation in Times Square.

“He had seen himself on television,” Aubrey said. “He had a decision to make.”

Published reports state Jackson is anAarmy veteran who served just under a year in Afghanistan; and that he had tried unsuccessfully to enlist others to join him in killing.

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