A candlelight vigil was held today for the 29-year-old Bushwick resident who was shot and killed last night off of Maria Hernandez Park.
Longtime friends of Ivan “Brim” Martinez gathered at the place where he was shot, outside of 320 Suydam Street. There, a cardboard, candlelit memorial was covered with statues of Mary and Jesus and scrawled messages such as “RIP Brim. Rip Homie. Love Always.”
Shawn Talavera, who said he knew Martinez for the last 11 years, described his friend as “just a fun guy, just a happy guy, happy to be around his son.”
Nearly every person gathered at the memorial echoed Martinez’s love for his four-year-old son. Friends say Martinez was walking with him when he was shot.
Martinez lived at 104 Troutman Street with his extended family, about six blocks away.
According to police, the 29-year-old was shot in the head around 6 p.m. and was pronounced dead at the scene. Talavera said the funeral would be held in a few days.
Many people gathered at the memorial expressed disbelief that a shooting had happened on a corner where police were often stationed, in a neighborhood that has only grown safer in recent years, and to a man who was known for staying out of trouble.
“This shit is crazy, right,” one man asked the crowd, as a woman standing nearby repeated: “Imagine, imagine,” and shook her head.
Jon, a friend of Martinez’s who declined to give his last name, said his own son was “so scared last night he didn’t want to sleep.”