Chavez R. Ocasio, 23, was charged with murder for the death of Dior Harris. He is pictured in an old booking photo
A New York man who was arrested for killing an 11-month-old baby and injuring her two young cousins has been pictured after the horrific drive-by shooting.
Chavez R. Ocasio, 23, was charged with murder for the death of Dior Harris, who was due to celebrate her first birthday on April 29.
She was shot several times in in a volley of gunfire while traveling in the backseat of the car in Syracuse at 7pm on Sunday night.
During the Sunday drive-by, Ocasio also allegedly shot Dior’s cousins, aged 3 and 8. The older of the cousins is due to undergo surgery for a gunshot wound to her pelvic area that authorities say nearly killed her. The cousins are both in a stable condition.
Ocasio’s connection to the victims, if any, remain unclear as well as the motive behind the brazen drive-by.
He has now been pictured in photos with his own infant daughter, who is just over a month old. He posted pictures of his daughter calling her his ‘Twinny Twin Twin’ on Facebook.
Ocasio, pictured with his own infant daughter, was accused of gunning down 11-month-old Dior Harris on Sunday. Ocasio’s connection to the victims, if any, remain unclear
The young father doted on his own daughter in captions, calling her his ‘Twinny Twin Twin’ on Facebook
During the Sunday drive-by, Ocasio, pictured, also allegedly shot Dior’s cousins, aged 3 and 8
Some photos of Ocasio show the expectant father in February at the baby shower, with a picture of a shirt noting he is ‘the daddy’ while other posts on his page blast ‘pedos.’
‘Waking up to this makes everything worth it,’ Ocasio wrote in one post of his own daughter.
‘It’s the smile for me,’ the young father wrote in another.
Dior’s mother Desiree Seymour and the mother of the injured girls, Shakema Buckmon, who were in the front seat and escaped injury, took the children to Upstate University Hospital, where Dior died.
Ocasio, pictured, pleaded not guilty at a court appearance on Tuesday morning
State parole records show Ocasio was released in 2019 after serving several years for burglary
‘I tried to get to the hospital as fast as I could, I tried, I tried but she had already passed before we could make it down the street.’
A distraught Seymour took to social media to pay tribute to her daughter.
‘There so many things that you had to do and couldn’t all because a f***ing coward came and took you from me. Lord why, why me is all I keep asking my baby was innocent. She didn’t deserve this.’
Dior Harris was killed and her two young cousins were wounded after being shot in the back seat of a car as they drove to the grocery store with their mothers
Desiree Seymour, right, was in the car when her daughter Dior, left was shot and killed. ‘Lord why, why me is all I keep asking my baby was innocent. She didn’t deserve this’ she wrote
The three girls were in the backseat while their mothers were in the front of the car driving through the Strathmore neighborhood when shots were fired into the vehicle from a passing car. Crime scene pictured
Buckmon told NewsChannel 9 that they had been on their way to the grocery store on Sunday evening when the shooting took place in the 300 block of Grant Avenue, Syracuse.
The three girls were in the backseat while their mothers were in the front of the car driving through the Strathmore neighborhood when shots were fired into the vehicle from a passing car.
Buckmon, the driver and mother of two of the injured, drove away and made it a mile further to a relative’s home when they realized the children had been hurt.
‘They drove away as they were being shot at. After she realized the children were injured, she stopped and called 911,’ Investigative Bureau Chief Derek McGork said.
Dior was rushed to Upstate University Hospital, where she died of her injuries, CNY Central reported.
Dior was rushed to Upstate University Hospital where she died of her injuries
Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh described the incident as an ‘unimaginable tragedy’.
‘This tragedy is the definition of senseless. How could anyone in their right mind point a gun at a vehicle in broad daylight with children in it?’
At a news conference Monday morning, Syracuse Police Chief Kenton Buckner said they had not identified a suspect and appealed for information from the public.
By 8pm that evening, police had arrested Ocasio and booked him on charges of second-degree murder, second-degree criminal possession of a firearm, tampering with physical evidence and violation of parole, according to Onondaga County Justice Center records.
Ocasio pleaded not guilty at a court appearance on Tuesday morning.
Judge Erica Clarke agreed to a rare request from prosecutors to seal the file, as revealing too much information about their evidence could jeopardize an ongoing investigation.
State parole records show Ocasio was released in 2019 after serving several years for burglary.
A vigil was held in honor of Dior on Monday evening. Residents of Syracuse carrying candles and pictures of Dior wept and prayed as they came out to pay tribute to Dior.
Police tape blocks off the scene of the drive-by shooting in Syracuse. A 23 year old man named Chavez Ocasio has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder
The murder continues an alarming spike in homicides beginning in 2020.
FBI statistics for 2020, show there was a 25 percent increase in homicides compared to the previous year, after a surge in gun violence.
The nearly 4,000 additional murders recorded throughout 2020 is believed to be their biggest single year increase on record.
That trend carried over into 2021. Already in 2021, there has been more than 130 mass shootings: defined as having more than four victims.
These have included the March 16 spree in Atlanta, in which a gunman killed eight people and wounded six at three massage parlors in the Georgia city.
Six days later in in Boulder, Colorado, ten people were killed, including a local on-duty police officer.