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Jamaica man who changed lives has own taken

A photo of Shakim Fields is shown alongside his memorial card. Photo by Christina Santucci
TimesLedger Newspapers

Shakim Fields worked at a Jamaica nonprofit helping at-risk youth and adults on the fringe of society to find jobs. He was baptized, not as a child but by choice as an adult, and had later studied to become a minister.

That is why his murder — the first of 2010 in southeast Queens — was so shocking to family members.

On Jan. 13, 2010, Fields called his grandmother, Frances Fields, at the Jamaica house where he moved when he was 18. She was not home and the answering machine picked up.

The next morning, Fields was found with two gunshot wounds to his head, according to his uncle, Craig Fields. He was 36.

Read the rest of the story about Shakim on the Shots in the Dark page.

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