Shot in the head as he walked home from the gym with a friend on Friday, Eric Roman succumbed to his wounds a day later.
His killing, officially recorded on Shabbos, might have escaped wide notice had it not ended a streak of 12 days without a homicide in New York City, believed by police officials to be the longest such run since at least the 1990s.
Toward the end of last week, top police officials, including Commissioner William J. Bratton, began buzzing about the absence of killings. “We don’t want to jinx it,” Mr. Bratton said in a television interview on Friday. Some dared to imagine a month without a killing before immediately shrugging it off as impossible.
As criminologists and the police have long known, crime has a tendency to cluster and spike, and violence almost always ebbs in the winter. The city’s last streak of at least 10 days without a homicide also occurred in a February – as did other similar stretches – when temperatures drop.
Whatever caused the 12-day streak – luck, weather, coincidence – it bucked for a time the trend of rising shootings in the city. Through Shabbos, 136 people had been shot in 117 shootings, compared with 110 victims in 100 shootings through the same period in 2014. Read a full report at the New York Times.