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Police release names of Hempstead shooting victims

Emergency personnel responded after two men were shot

Emergency personnel responded after two men were shot on a residential street in Hempstead on Monday, May 5, 2014, Hempstead Village police said. Credit: Howard Schnapp

Two New Cassel men were sitting in a car in front of a Hempstead house when they were fatally wounded by an unknown gunman still at large, police said Thursday in their first news release on the case.

Police Thursday identified the victims of the double-shooting; Leonel Volcy, 27, who was pronounced dead on a grassy area near 105 Belmont Pkwy. at 1:11 p.m. Monday, and Yvenel Fede, 19, who was found by the car and pronounced dead shortly after 2 p.m. Monday at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow.

Shortly after the killing, police sat outside the home in a 12-hour siege that yielded no arrests. Later, police offered a $5,000 reward leading to the shooter's arrest. Authorities have given no other details and have said nothing about a possible motive or why Volcy and Fede were at the Belmont Parkway home.

Volcy's sister, 23-year-old Tatiana of New Cassel, who didn't want her last name published, said her brother had trouble with the law in the past but was getting his life back on track. He was father to an 8-month-old son, had recently landed a construction job, and was helping to care for his ailing mother.

"Leonel was never a person to argue with people, he never had enemies," Tatiana said.

She said she spoke to him by phone on Sunday night. The two were close, and Tatiana said her brother sounded stressed and distracted, and told her he was worried about money.

She recalled his most recent Facebook posting read, "Somebody please help." Tatiana assumed it was about his financial woes.

Volcy's criminal record, dating back to 2006, includes convictions for misdemeanor motor vehicle, menacing and larceny offenses in Nassau County, court records show. He was to appear in court on June 6 on charges of larceny and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

Fede, the other victim, also had pending charges, criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of marijuana, court records show.

Tatiana said she had also known Fede, from school. She remembered him as quiet, a good kid whose mother had died and whose family lived in Haiti. But Fede had dropped out of school.

"He had other things in his mind -- he was thinking of taking care of his brothers in Haiti," she said.

Those close to Fede said he was trying to get his life in order and was a "kind man." He looked after his pregnant cousin and sent money to his siblings in Haiti and was a like a father to his girlfriend's two little daughters.

"When someone needed him, he was always there," said a cousin from Uniondale, who did not want to be identified.

Fede sometimes did kitchen work for a Melville caterer but was trying to get a full-time job at a sandwich shop, said his girlfriend from Uniondale, who did not want to be identified.

Later this year, she said, Fede and her family were going to move to Georgia, where she had relatives: "We were going to start over and make things right."

Fede was 9 when he and his father emigrated from Haiti, leaving behind his mother and four siblings, said his cousin. His mind was often on his family, she said.

Anyone with information on the slaying may contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 800-244-8477.

With Candice Ruud

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