A 36-year-old man was fatally shot in the Bronx while walking with his wife after he flicked a cigarette butt in the direction of three strangers.
Curtis Holley got into an argument with the strangers after he carelessly flicked his cigarette in their direction while walking along 165th St. and Prospect Ave. near his home in Morrisania about 8:45 p.m. Saturday, officials said.
The argument escalated and one of the men pulled out a gun and blasted Holley in the torso, police said.
Medics rushed Holley to Lincoln Hospital, where he died at 11:55 p.m. There were no immediate arrests.
In his final Facebook post, a Facebook Live video, Holley introduces his wife to viewers as the pair, both wearing masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus, ride a Manhattan-bound No. 2 train through the Bronx.
“You all know the vibes,” a happy Holley says. “You all see that beautiful woman there? That is my wife.”
At Holley’s previous home in Harlem, a building full of temporary housing units run by the city, residents said he was kicked out in July for breaking a window on the first floor.
Neighbor Philip Farrice, 67, said Holley assaulted and robbed him while staying at the shelter.
“I guess I don’t have to look over my shoulder,” Farrice said as he made the sign of the cross. “It is sad though.”
Other neighbors remembered Holley as kind.
“Every time I’d see him he was on the elevator with his wife and we would talk,” said Donna Prophete, 55. “He’s a nice guy though. He was very friendly.”
We say this all the time — don’t ever make the mistake of entering an altercation thinking you’re the craziest one, because you never know when someone is actually crazier than you.