Police in New York City have made an arrest in the murder of an aide to Governor Andrew Cuomo. On May 27, investigators announced that Micah Alleyne, 25, had been arrest and charged with murder, reckless endangerment and weapons offenses. Lawyer Carey Gabay was shot dead on September 7, 2015, at the 2015 West Indian Day Parade in Brooklyn.
Alleyne has been arraigned in a Brooklyn court and is being held without bail.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Police Say That Gabay Was an Innocent Victim
Alleyne was arrested at 3 a.m. on May 26, reports DNA Info. The website adds that the arrest of Alleyne is the culmination of months of searching by the NYPD. At one point, a video of suspects was released by detectives.
In a statement after Alleyne’s arrest, Gov. Cuomo’s office released a statement saying:
Carey Gabay was an exemplary public servant who lost his life in a senseless tragedy. Today’s arrest is a major step forward in the pursuit of justice for Carey’s family and loved ones. I commend the investigators and prosecutors for their tireless efforts to ensure those responsible for Carey’s death are held fully accountable for their actions.
While Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson said:
This arrest is related to the ongoing investigation into the senseless murder of Carey Gabay. As I have said from the beginning, we are determined to get justice for Mr. Gabay and his family. And we will continue to press forward until we hold everyone responsible for his death accountable.
Gabay is thought to have been an innocent victim in the violence, which was reported as gang-related. Another man, Denentro Josiah, 19, was fatally stabbed at the J’ouvert celebrations. His killing remains unsolved, with the New York Times describing Joshiah’s death as “overlooked” in a February 2016 report.
2. Gabay Was a Harvard Graduate
Gabay was born in New York City. “He worked his way up from the projects. He is the classic American Dream story,” Cuomo told the New York Daily News.
He went to Harvard for his undergrad degree and then also graduated from Harvard Law School. He previously worked at the law firm Jones Day from 2007 to 2009 and Schulte Roth & Zabel from 2002 to 2007, according to the governor’s office.
3. Alleyne Works at an Armani Exchange Store
In October 2015, the NYPD released these four photos of persons believed to suspects in Gabay’s shooting:
4. Gabay’s Wife Was Expecting Their First Child When He Was Killed
According to the governor’s office, Carey Gabay’s wife, Trenelle, is expecting their first child.
“He is just 43 years old and is a kind-hearted man. Carey is a friend to all who have the pleasure of meeting him. I ask that New Yorkers join us by keeping him, his wife Trenelle and his family in their prayers at this time,” Cuomo said in a statement.
Carey and Trenelle Gabay live in Brooklyn. A security guard at Gabay’s building told the New York Daily News that Gabay is Jamaican and his wife is from Trinidad.
“Him and his wife are two pleasant people. It’s sad, it’s sad, it’s sad. I am sure that he was not involved in any illegal activity. It’s terrible,” the guard, who asked not to be named, told the Daily News.
Alleyne had a baby with his girlfriend, Tashna Morgan, in May 2014, according to their The Bump registry.
5. A Street Near Where Gabay Lived Was Named After Him
Earlier in May 2015, New York City unveiled Carey Gabay way in the Clinton Hill Neighborhood. The New York Post Reported that the dedication ceremony took place on what would have been Gabay’s 44th birthday.
Gabay has worked in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration since 2011, first as assistant counsel and since January as first deputy counsel at Empire State Development.
Cuomo said Gabay works for the state because he wants to give back.
“This was a beautiful man, a sweet man, a man who was giving back to his community, a gentleman, who was involved in nothing, just walking down the street with his brother,” Cuomo told ABC 7 News. “He was the lawyer who rewrote the rent laws that protected so many tenants.”