Paterson police asking for public’s help in finding gunman who killed accused gang leader
by Incarcerated Flavors
This it he life that many of us want to live until this is your reality. Either they are looking for your killer or you the killer. Either way no one wins but everyone suffer. This is the last words that this young man will be know by an “Accused Gang Leader”. Think of your legacy and what will be said of you and the life you lived.
PATERSON – City police are offering $2,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person who shot and killed a 28-year-old Paterson man who allegedly ran a street gang drug operation in the 4th Ward.
Tahir Canady was out on bail on drug charges when he was fatally shot in the head in the hallway of a two-family house on Clinton Street on November 24. The state Attorney General (AG) had named Canady as one of the leaders of a drug network run by the Fruit Town Brims set of the Bloods when authorities announced a crackdown that resulted in the arrests of more than 170 people and the confiscation of more than 4,000 bags of heroin, crack, marijuana and other substances in June 2011.
Canady and the other two men the identified by the AG as leaders of the drug operation – Alshaquen Nero and Shabli Williams – have been out on bail for more than a year. Senior assistant Passaic County prosecutor Jason Harding said some of the lower-level defendants in the case had entered plea agreements since indictments were handed up in 2012.
But authorities had not reached an agreement with Canady at the time of his death, Harding said. The charges against Nero and Williams are still pending, he said.
“His death doesn’t weaken our case at all,” Harding said.
Police have released few details about the shooting that killed Canady. They said he was in the hallway of the house near North 1st Street at about 4:15 am on a Sunday morning when he was shot in the head. Canady did not live at the house, police said. Police have not disclosed a possible motive for the shooting or said why they believe Canady was at the location. They would not say whether they believe he was still involved with drug dealing after he was released on bail.
When the shooting initially was announced, Canady was in critical condition and his name was not released. He died afterwards.
Capt. Heriberto Rodriguez announced on Monday that police were offering money for information about the killing. He said Canady’s family has been distraught over his death.
“They just want closure on this,” Rodriguez said. “Finding the killer won’t bring him back, but they’ll sleep better knowing whoever did it had to pay for what they did.”