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Woman slain in Brooklyn ax murder

by Bridgette Babb - Copy Editor
Tue, Apr 30th 2019 10:00 pm
Local tragedy In the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, the people are attempting to recover after the bloody murder of Savannah Rivera. The killer entered the Flushing Avenue project building in the early morning to commit the brutal slaying of the pregnant 20-year-old.
Local tragedy In the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, the people are attempting to recover after the bloody murder of Savannah Rivera. The killer entered the Flushing Avenue project building in the early morning to commit the brutal slaying of the pregnant 20-year-old.

New York City, the city that never sleeps, is composed of five different boroughs. One of the most popular, Brooklyn, is known for its rich roots in hip-hop culture and multicultural individuals. Recently, however, the neighborhood of Bushwick in Brooklyn has been on alert after a man allegedly used an ax to take a young woman’s life. 

The victim, 20-year-old Savannah Rivera, was pregnant at the time of her untimely demise. According to the New York Post, Rivera was not even the initial target for the assailant. 

The suspect, 34-year-old Jeremy Brown, otherwise known on social media as “Grim Creepa,” was the ex-boyfriend of the actual target Angela Valle, 21. Valle was also injured in the attack. Brooklyn North’s commanding officer Deputy Chief Michael. Kemper felt the attack was intentional.

“We believe he had some sort of a relationship with both — he knew both victims,” Chief Kemper said. “This was a brutal, a terrible, vicious, vicious attack. Both victims suffered multiple deep, deep lacerations.”

Authorities were alerted to the attack when Valle took an uber ride to the nearest hospital. The New York Post reported that Rivera was able to tell them that not only was Brown hurting Rivera, but that Valle had a 4-year-old daughter in the apartment who could also be harmed. When police arrived, Brown was gone. 

What the responding officers saw, however, would be burned into their memories for the rest of their lives. The young woman’s body laid on the living room floor with several fingers chopped off, multiple stab wounds and a few extremely deep lacerations, which led to her being pronounced dead at the scene.

As reported by police officials, the ax was found in a trash compactor close to the crime scene. The weapon of choice was allegedly purchased a few blocks away from the apartments, according to a hardware store employee Udi Amrussi. 

“It was purchased on our store,” Amrussi said to reporters. “I recognize it by price tag. The cops showed me a picture they took of it, it is our price tag.” 

Another employee, Anthony Armogan, stated this had not been the first time the suspect was in the store looking for that particular weapon.

“He wanted to buy an ax,” Armogan said. “He asked if there is a cheaper one. Then he asked if we can sharpen it for him. I said it’s sharp enough as is. I left him looking at it.”

Allegedly, Brown and Valle’s relationship was very recent. The two were seen interacting on Facebook as recently as March of this year. In a recent picture of Brown, Valle captioned, “My F*****g man doe!! Mr. 187 himself.” She added that she loved him, followed by him commenting, “I love you my queen.”

PIX11 News reported that although Brown admits to being at the scene, he claims he has no idea what happened. He told reporters that he suffered from mental illness and did not have his medication at the time. 

“I will turn myself in,” he told reporters while getting emotional about his ex. “I will call police myself.”

Relatives of Rivera continue to mourn, with some commenting that Valle was never good company and would get Rivera into situations that were often unnecessary. Her sister, Tatiana Cabrera, warned Rivera multiple times about Valle.

“I warned her,” Cabrera said. “I told her, ‘The more chilling you do, the more you continue to associate with that girl, the more trouble you’re going to get into.’”

Cabrera also told reporters that she always had an uneasy feeling about Valle, but would never think that it could end the life of their loved one. The family did not even know Valle had a boyfriend.

“I told her something was going to happen,” Cabrera said. “But I didn’t know. Honestly, I didn’t know it would be like this.”

The family spoke highly of Rivera, letting it be known that she always saw the positive in others and would stop at nothing to help a friend in need. Just before the attack she posted an uplifting quote online, which read, “Build someone up. Put their insecurities to sleep. Remind them they are worthy.”

This story is incredibly sad. I think Brown let his mental illness be known because he wanted sympathy. Though there is a chance that he really does not know what he did, it still doesn't change the fact that he did it. 

What could have possibly happened between him and Valle in a month that would make him want to end her life? For Rivera to get caught in the crosshairs is the worst part of the situation. Her unborn child will never see the world and her 4-year-old son will never truly know his mother. 

 

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