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Cops hunting for suspect in Queensbridge murder: NYPD

A cardboard box, filled with candles and covered in handwritten messages, was set up as a makeshift memorial for Francisco Leal after he was killed.
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Authorities identified a 28-year-old man Saturday as a suspect in the Queensbridge murder of an Upper West Side resident earlier this year.

Police said Lawrence Scott, who is 5-foot-6 and weighs 210 pounds, is suspected in the fatal shooting of 27-year-old Francisco Leal in February.

The NYPD had released surveillance video of the gun-toting suspect several days after Leal was found with a gunshot wound in his chest on the corner of 21st Street and 41st Avenue. The video depicts the alleged gunman raising his hand in a firing motion, then turning and fleeing with an accomplice, according to cops.

Leal, who had been on parole since the November before he was killed, had previously been arrested for burglary, possession of a controlled substance, grand larceny and witness intimidation, police said in February.

Those with information should contact NYPD’s Crimestoppers by calling 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting its website at nypdcrimestoppers.com or texting 274637 (CRIMES) and entering TIP577.

Reach managing editor Christina Santucci by e-mail at timesledgerphotos@gmail.com by phone at 718-260-4589.

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Carmen Leal from Bronx says:
let's catch my nephew's killer please
Dec. 26, 2013, 2:56 pm
Mitch from Brooklyn says:
Free my ——. he was serving street justice. fucc that
Jan. 10, 1:12 am
carmen leal says:
Street justice....this coward should of picked up his hands. ...ima see if the streets gonna show him love when that punk goes to jail...
Jan. 12, 7:09 pm
carmen leal says:
@Mitch....you corney
Jan. 12, 7:11 pm
John Doe from Queens says:
Your nephew wasn't a angle..... He just came home from doing 10yrs up state he was only home for 3 months and got his ass pop he was on parole and it was pass his curfew he was breaking the law by being out at that time he was in a gang (bloods) so don't try to act like he was a college graduate with a degree he probably didn't have a high school diploma dumb ——
April 14, 11:12 pm
John Doe from Queens says:
That person can be anybody in that video it's not a clear video !!!!! Looks like 2 white males
April 14, 11:16 pm
carmen leal from leal says:
Foh john doe....u dont know —— about my nephew..so kiss ass for the record....it wasnt a white male..it was a punk with a gun...n true story he was no angel, n he served his time...more than i can say about poppy...so therefore....come to court n learn the truth about this story.....that's if punk us really that good of a kid himself.....
April 23, 6:36 pm
carmen leal from leal says:
Ummmm n dumb is you....

Get your facts together....
April 23, 6:38 pm
Jennine Nicole from Queensbridge says:
The foulest part about "John Doe" is it's straight punk movement on his part. Like Frankie serving time was justification for somebody to take his life without consequence. If he was really a "G" he'd put his name, pic and address up & talk that smack.
April 23, 6:55 pm
carmen leal from bx says:
Fyi "john or jane doe"....since you know so much about ny nephew, do u know that this coward never made it pass 8th grade..this coward so call runs far rockawy...so get your facts straight...you prolly was on the video too...foh...
April 23, 10:15 pm
Joni says:
John Doe... How dare you call someone dumb and question whether or not they have a diploma. The word is ANGEL, your high school diploma having ass should know this. There is no justification for someone's life to be taken, clearly the MURDERER isn't an angel himself. You glorifying street justice, is ignorant. Your day as well as your friend's will soon come.
April 24, 3:20 pm
streets know the truth says:
Sorry you calling names without knowing facts. That isn't that man in that video you all got the wrong guy that aint no poppy truth will be told he definitely had nothing to do with that if anyone know him they know he would of fought dude no gun play needed so don't put people name out there if you wasn't there to witness it yourself you clearly see thats a young white hispanic male in the video two of them so sorry that isnt the same dude at all. So tell who ever spreading that bull crap get their facts straight and unless you were there then that could of been anyone for any reason not necessarily the man who is being accused i see no similarities.
April 27, 3:42 am
jonh doe from queens Bridge says:
@carmen leal stop putting ppl name out there that had nothing to do with it that's what u called coward!!!!!!! the guy you are accusing is a nice guy that take care of his kids he did not do it like I said it looks like two white males in the video!!!!! Stop trying to point the finger at the wrong person and find the right one!!!!! And whats sad I was friends with (TRAX) I was at the funeral .......i dont even know this poppy dude but I know it wasnt him so get the fact stright
April 28, 12:01 am
Becky from his mother says:
First of all.....JOHN DOE..IF YOU WERE AT THE FUNERAL N YOU STRONGLY BELIEVE THAT NYPD HAS THE WRONG PERSON THEN WHY DIDNT YOU AS A REAL FRIEND GO YO THE POLICE N SAY THE TRUTH....YEAH POPPY DID THIS N TRUTH WOULD BE TOLD N YOU AND EVERYONE ELSE IS GONNA BITE YA TONGUES...ALSO JOHN DOE....YOU PROLLY SET UP THE WHOLE MURDER..FRIEND TO MY SON I DONT THINK YOU TRULY WAS. YOU KEEP SAYING WHITE HISPANICS, IF YOU ONLY KNEW WHAT I KNEW THEN MAYBE YOU REALLY DONT KNOW POPPY AS YOU THINK...IM THROWING NAMES N IF YPU DONT LIKE IT...—— YOU N EVERYBODY ELSE THAT DONT LIKE IT..JOHN DOE FROM QB.
May 2, 7:20 am
Becky from his mother says:
Streets know the truth huh.....you n john doe must be involved as well...so when the truth comes out....ima laugh all the way to the courts...i hsve facts n i have plenty of evidence...see the streets are talking a trust n believe i know the truth n so will the qb community...once yall explode ima see how fast ysll be trying to move out of there..
May 2, 7:25 am
Becky from his mother says:
@johndoe...you so much know poppy....ppl dont run if they innocent....if you know he didnt do it n thsys a fact...prove it....imagine his children or your children dead in the streets for whatever reason..what would ypu do..nothing but think you can kill n get away with it...
May 2, 7:33 am
Becky from his mother says:
You see the problem is y'all only see part of the video.....Remember.....i SEEN IT ALL....DO YOU REALLY THINK I WOULD THROW NAMES WITHOUT FACTS....FOH..MY HANDGAME IS CORRECT..I DONT NEED TO EXPLAIN MYSELF...MAYBE IF JOHN DOE N THE STREETS ARE TALKING SEEN WHAT I (his mother) SEEN OTHER THAN THE VIDEO SHOWN ABOVE...YOU WOULD MIND YOUR BIZ...AND FURTHER MORE.....KEEP TRAXS NAME OUT YALL MOUTHS....HE AINT HERE TO DEFEND HIMSELF..BUT BEST BELIEVE ME WHEN I SAY I GOT HIS BACK...N MY HAND GAME N HAND HELD IS FIRE..—— WITH ME IF YALL WANT....
May 2, 7:42 am
MsLady from QB says:
The crazy thing about this whole ordeal is someone is dead... John doe & Streets know the truth, ur comments go to show ur level of ignorance and how stuck in the cycle of "—— mentality" u truly endure. It's sad because you will probably never leave those six blocks or know anything besides the L.I.C HS education you have if you even graduated. The cycle of black on black/ hispanic on hispanic crime is very disheartning and only hurts our community. The non snitching ppl serving drugs to hinder your own growth in your community, how about trying something different and putting that same amount of effort into starting a business to display the talent QB once had, how about making a better opportunity for the children growing up there now.
May 2, 11:07 am
MsLady from QB says:
Smhl you silly bastards will continue your level of ignorance and will amount to nothing more than a block hustler because that's ur only worth. And the ——es that condone your behavior will be nothing more than that a —— with a home health aide certificate. Becky hold your head and justice will be served, they got the —— that thought he was low right....oh! Street justice my ass watch how the DA slay your family man who sold drugs in far rock and VA while commiting crimes in L.I.C. and making bastard children all over the place.
May 2, 11:07 am
Marcus from Qb says:
Ms lady just accusing people of stuff have ya facts straight justice will prevail n prove the guy you have is innocent
May 2, 9:40 pm
sad —— from QB says:
Honestly i watched the video and that don't look nothing like dude in that picture. Seem like y'all got the wrong dude that is just how —— happen too one person put your name out there and people run with that —— and make you guilty before you can even prove your innocence. —— sad that man going through that and sad the family of the kid who pass they fuel with anger and just want anyone to pay for it
May 3, 3:47 pm
Becky from his mother says:
@marcus....CTFU......@sad....U TO

As his mother.....I DONT HAVE TO EXPLAIN ——....JUST KNOW N REMEMBER THAT I KNOW THE TRUTH...THERE WAS NEVER A FUED UNTIL MY SONS LIFE WAS TAKEN...N SINCE BOTH OF YALL ARE EXPERTS N LAYWERS.....PROVE ME WRONG...TIL THEN.....I GOT THE FACTS THANKS TO THE STREETS TALKING......FOH
May 4, 8:18 pm
Mutual from QB says:
How can you say if it's him or not? The video is 20 seconds long and shows him (whoever he is) for 1 second.. However if you snap shot that one second and compare it to the picture above there is some similarities... Again everyone had to wait and see what the verdict is.. As for the people making comments about the family and how they're dealing with this, don't talk until you are in their shoes..

Every thinks they know everything until the —— hits home...

FYI when the streets talk you better listen..
FYI the prosecutors only make arrest if they have a lead and some witnesses.. If their wrong he'll come home or he'll still do time and come home and sue the city... If their right his coward ass will do just fine in jail.. Ha ha ha the toughest —— in the streets always become someone's boo in Jail..
May 5, 3 pm

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