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Family of Man Shot Dead in Long Island City Thursday Launches GoFundMe Page

Vickram Sewsankar, picture taken from the memorial at Borden Ave. and 2nd St. (Michael Dorgan, Queens Post)

Sep. 9, 2020 By Michael Dorgan 

A GoFundMe was launched Saturday by the father of a man gunned down in Long Island City last week.

Latchman Sewsankar, the father of the victim Vickram Sewsankar, is raising funds to cover the funeral costs of his son who was fatally shot on Borden Avenue, near 2nd Street, on Thursday following a dispute over a parking space.

Sewsankar has raised nearly $11,000 from more than 90 donors– as he looks to raise $21,000. Donors include family members, friends to local residents.

“It’s a tragedy to a life gone too soon at the age of 25,” Latchman Sewsankar wrote on the GoFundMe page. “Vickram was a loving caring and considerate son, brother and friend to all the lives he touched,” he added.

Vickram Sewsankar, a resident of South Ozone Park in Queens, was shot in the stomach at around 6:50 p.m. on Sept. 3 and later died at New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell, according to police. As of Tuesday, no arrests had been made.

Memorial for Vickram Sewsankar, located at Borden Ave. and 2nd St. (Michael Dorgan, Queens Post)

A memorial has gone up near where Sewsankar was murdered.

The memorial contains candles, flowers, balloons and pictures of Sewsankar– along with messages from friends and relatives. There are two balloons–one with the number “2″ and the other with the number “6”– on top of the memorial, in recognition of Vickram’s 26th birthday that was yesterday.

Messages like “never forget you brother,” “happy birthday,” and “sleep in peace my baby boy” are on sheets of paper taped to a box at the location.

Another message reads: “Vickram, I love you so much, words cannot explain you are my heart, my soul, my life, I will always count the days until we meet again.”

Lidia Raskin, a resident who was passing by the memorial with two children Tuesday, said that Sewsankar’s death was tragic.

“I have lived in the neighborhood for 12 years and nothing like this has ever happened,” Raskin said.

“Its a very, very sad story,” she said.

Written messages at Vickram Sewsankar’s memorial, located at Borden Ave. and 2nd St. (Michael Dorgan, Queens Post)

A picture of Vickram Sewsankar surrounded by candles, located at Borden Ave. and 2nd St. (Michael Dorgan, Queens Post)

Two children at the memorial for Vickram Sewsankar, located at Borden Ave. and 2nd St. (Michael Dorgan, Queens Post)

Memorial for Vickram Sewsankar, located at Borden Ave. and 2nd St. Sewsankar was shot in the area just behind the memorial. (Michael Dorgan, Queens Post)

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Dan K

i saw they set up a go fund me page the family wants $25 ,000 . My question why do they need the money?

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Pat Macnamara

So tragic. Any word from elected officials on this? Perhaps a civil suit against the city would get their attention.

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Pat Macnamara

“I have lived in the neighborhood for 12 years and nothing like this has ever happened,” Raskin said. Get used to it. Give the criminals an inch and they will kill you. Opening up the jails during the pandemic was the genius idea of the despicable mayor. This young man gunned down in broad daylight. Not a word from the elected, progressive, officials. Disgraceful. Where are the protestors? Where is the outrage?

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