In Manhattan, New York, a tragic incident unfolded on Friday evening when a man and a woman, along with their pet dog, were fatally shot while out for a walk. The victims, identified as Jackie Billini, 57, and Levaughn Harvin, 42, were found with gunshot wounds to the head near West 165 Street and Edgecombe Ave., according to local law enforcement.
The couple was rushed to Harlem Hospital, where they were later pronounced dead. Their pit bull, named Zeus, was also killed in the incident. Authorities believe the suspect, who remains at large, had previous interactions with the victims. The motive behind the shooting is still under investigation, but initial reports suggest an ongoing dispute involving the dog may have played a part.
Billini, who worked as an analyst for the state court system in the Bronx, and Harvin, her nephew, were allegedly targeted while walking near Highbridge Park. Witnesses reported hearing multiple gunshots before the suspect fled the scene. The incident has left the community in shock, with neighbors and friends describing Billini as a kind-hearted individual who often helped those in need.
Billini had previously been the victim of a home invasion in April, where she was attacked by a man wielding a hammer. The suspect in that case, a 31-year-old man named Lenue Moore, was charged with assault and attempted burglary. Neighbors reported that Billini had an ongoing feud with Moore, who allegedly tried to harm her dog earlier this year.
Harvin, according to neighbors, had been asked by Billini to accompany her around the neighborhood due to her fear of Moore. The state office of Court Administration confirmed Billini’s employment and expressed their condolences, stating that her presence would be sorely missed.
The investigation into the tragic incident remains ongoing, with no arrests made at this time. Authorities are urging anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers.