Like the flames on the candles outside the spot where he was fatally shot early Thursday, “Fast Eddie” died “too quick.”
A friend of Edward Andrew Thompson made those remarks as she placed two tall candles at the intersection of Grand Avenue and Lloyd Street Thursday, on the spot where he was killed.
The shooting took place at 12:30 a.m. at 340 Grand Ave, near the intersection of Grand and Lloyd in Fair Haven, said police spokesman Officer Dave Hartman. Thompson, a 37-year-old who went by “Fast Eddie,” became the city’s 27th homicide victim so far this year.
The friend, who witnessed the murder, said Thompson was shot by a man in a car. She bought two candles, one white and one yellow, from the dollar store Thursday and set them up on the spot where he died.
“The guy came, he jumped out of the car, shot him and that was it,” said the witness, who declined to give her name. She wiped away her tears as she spoke near the makeshift memorial. “It was too quick.”
The woman said she was standing across the street at the time of the shooting. She saw a “young man” shoot her friend, but didn’t see his face, she said.
She said she called the ambulance when she saw Thompson go down.
“He’s been drinking. He’s internal bleeding. He’s already dying. Just let me do CPR,” she recalled saying at the scene. Then she saw her friend taken to the hospital.
She said she’s known Thompson for 10 years.
“He was a cool hustling kid—always helping everybody in the neighborhood out,” she said. She said he lived on Saltonstall Avenue with a long-term girlfriend. He did “side jobs” for a living.
Three men walked by the candles she had just put down and stopped to re-light the flames, which went out quickly in the wind.
One of the men agreed “Fast Eddie” was “a cool guy. He’d say hello to everybody.”
“But you don’t know what people do at nighttime,” he added.
State records show Fast Eddie did prison time for narcotics and burglary charges.
People close to the family said his drug use had led him astray.
Fast Eddie’s mother recently cut off contact with her son after he stole money from her, according to a family friend. The friend said Thompson’s mother was torn up over her son’s death, in part because she never had one last chance to say “I love you.”
She said he had two children, who were en route to New Haven from Florida Thursday.
Thompson’s mom was consoled Thursday at Lou’s Lounge near her home on Blatchley Avenue. The family has no money for Fast Eddie’s funeral. Friends stopped by to pay condolences at the bar, which is collecting money for the funeral.
posted by: Rik Rakow on October 13, 2011 11:37am
This is a terrible thing to happen. I will be looking forward to any follow up on this story. Hopefully they will find his killer.
posted by: Anon on October 13, 2011 11:37am
i cannot believe there is nothing being done to stop these homicides!!!! this city needs a shake up starting with the mayor!!!
posted by: J.S. Mills on October 13, 2011 12:02pm
Anon, what would you suggest the mayor and 443 cops do about these murders? The root cause of the problem is poverty and drugs. If they can find some way to curtail the two aforementioned misfortunes then the occurrences of homicide will decrease.
posted by: NEW_HAVEN_RESIDENT on October 13, 2011 12:52pm
THIS IS REALLY SAD…. WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE ARGUMENTS, FIGHTING WITH YOUR OWN HANDS… NOW IS KIDS USING GUNS TO TAKE SOMEONE’S LIFE, JUST BECAUSE… AND WHAT’S WORST, NOTHING IS BEING DONE ABOUT IT….
I THINK THE COMMUNITY HAS THE CONTROL TO STOP THIS. IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, CALL THE POLICE AND REPORT IT….
I HOPE THEY FIND THE PERSON THAT TOOK THIS 37 YR OLD MAN, MAY BE A FATHER, A SON, A HUSBAND….
posted by: City Resident on October 13, 2011 2:49pm
Well we endured the Police Chief/Mayor programs, Safe Summer, Fall Maintenance, return to bicycle/walking beats, spot shooter, computer systems to predict the next location of crimes, traffic cameras, on and on.
Then we have to listen to the rhetoric about how crime is down and how warm and safe the city is, how more cases would be solved if only Those people would talk to the Police, (as a aside have you ever tried to A call the PD and gotten any type true and courteous help, B. attempted to speak to some of the street officers or plainclothes officers and even gotten a civil response)how its the state fault for retuning so many felons to New Haven( those people getting out of prison are not coming to the city because it’s the land of opportunity its Because They Are From New Haven), the citizens not only have to endue these repeated lies we have to listen to then in such a high and mighty superior manner.
The time is past to get back to basic police work start with a leadership that known’s and cares about what they are doing, supervise the troops with a even manner with knowledge and concern for the city and the residents, not only about the paycheck.
New Haven once the City of Elms, Home of Yale ,Gateway to New England, spinning to the point of a place to be avoided and definitely not to live in
Similar arguments can be made for the school system and the rest of the administration Stop with the mirrors,the smoke and band aids
posted by: City of Horrors on October 13, 2011 4:40pm
This is the City the Mayor built. Eighteen years later and in severe dysfunction. Please let us not reelect him again. We should have more to show after all of this time than fiscal disarray and violence.
posted by: Bill Saunders on October 13, 2011 6:18pm
As a matter of sobering perspective, if you are a taxpayer in New Haven, I would like you all to do a quick mathematical calculation :
How much money in taxes have you personally put into this broken system of local government?
For me, a conservative approximation number is around 75k.
(I have been a homeowner for 21 years in NH)
Now ask yourself if feel your tithing was worth it, and take appropriate actions based on your personal interests and beliefs to bring about necessary change.
posted by: Truth Avenger on October 13, 2011 7:42pm
@ City Resident and City bashers: The city - the state, cannot curb human behavior-cannot micro-manage the interior lives of those who resort to violence. To blame any single person or entity for the violence is just disingenuous folly. Those self-righteous finger pointers who use the occasion of violence streaks to disparage the city and paint a picture of hopelessness - need to get a grip and put things in perspective. As deplorable as the violence is, the city remains a highly viable and wonderful place to live. I often wonder about the motivation of folk who just can’t resist piling on - who think that insulting the 99% of citizens who behave well and have respect for life, deserve to be verbally assailed for the irresponsible actions of the few. Speaking of mirrors- Perhaps you should polish yours. The paranoia, fear and despair you wish to inspire is summarily dismissed by the stakeholders of this city, who by choice, call it home. Perhaps there are political motivations for your attacks on the City, and perhaps there is plenty of blame to go around, but the smokey lens through which you view the City, creates an unfair distortion of life in the Elm City for the majority of its citizens.
posted by: Mike on October 13, 2011 7:43pm
I have a neighbor just like this guy, I’m printing the article for him/or myself to read to him.
posted by: Solution! on October 14, 2011 9:26am
Listen,, when these kids are caught for their crimes, they need to be punished. Putting them in jail where they watch tv, play games and cards all day isn’t punishment. Bring back the chain gang, put them to work somewhere. Break their backs with some hard labor, and maybe they will think twice about going back in once they’re out. I know someone in jail, he has several females dropping money on his “accounts” and he’s living big in jail. It’s crazy.
posted by: Renee on October 14, 2011 10:20am
In the article above, it states ‘nobody knows what he did at night’. So what? As long as he wasnt out hurting people, or killing people, he did not deserve to die in that matter. Even the two men who have been convicted of all kinds of horrific crimes against the Petit family are going to die a more humane and dignified death than being shot down on the street like a rabid animal. I didnt know this young man at all, but my heart goes out to his family and friends that loved him no matter what his faults were.
posted by: westville man on October 14, 2011 11:16am
@ Truth Avenger
Actually, you and the City Resident are correct. New Haven is a wonderful place for the majority of its citizens. But why do we tolerate the murders of mostly young men of color? We get into a numbers game with it- over 10, over 20- as if it’s just a statistic. These numbers wouldnt be tolerated in the suburbs. Involvement by the state and federal government would be called upon. It would be a national crisis!
We can do better than that. The number of murders we should be hoping to get to is ZERO.
I am not satisfied with the status quo and no one else should be either.
posted by: Truth Avenger on October 14, 2011 1:05pm
@ Westville Man: One can pay lip service and rant about having zero tolerance for crime and violence, murders and mayhem, but the fact of the matter is that the more we rant, the more murder and violent crime seem to increase. Marching and public rallies also seem to have a negligible impact. Civilization depends upon citizens taking responsibility for themselves and working within the parameters of behavioral expectations of decency. To use a biblical metaphor: Even within the confines of the first family-ever, violence visited the family. Cain murdered his own brother, Able. The parable speaks to human nature and the fact that ultimately, society cannot control individual behavior- there will always be aberrant departures from societal norms. While we all decry the violence - and many point fingers at the City, as if it is the City’s fault that people go off the rails, at least one truth remains: It is a fruitless exercise to, as City Resident did, spin the sporadic violence into anti-city rhetoric: “...a place to be avoided and definitely not to live in.” I’ll be damned if I’m going to cede my home turf to hoodlums and those that have no respect for the rule of law. I will not run, I will not cry for those who choose a violent lifestyle or perish in the commission of crimes. I will do my best to raise my family to respect others and the society in which they live. Until that idea is internalized by every family and every individual, We should expect to take the good with the bad, the peace with the pestilence. Those who think violence is a political problem, are deluding themselves.
posted by: westville man on October 14, 2011 1:58pm
Wow- where to start? Look, you dont know me and i dont know you so i’ll assume your “paying lip service” remark is a general statement not directed at me. That said, how we deal with crime should NOT be political- we agree! There are models and systems that do work to reduce it. Fresh ideas should be given a chance to work.
I’ll just say that you and i dont differ in our views as much as one might think (protecting my own, raising my family, etc.) I just dont subscribe to the belief that those murdered are getting what they deserve. They’re our children and we need to reverse this trend.
posted by: Truth Avenger on October 14, 2011 7:52pm
@ Westville Man- Yes, this is not personal, and my comments are of a general nature. I completely agree with you that in many cases, the victims are “our children” and deserving of our empathy, if not our sympathy. That said, my ire is directed at the repeat offenders, the predators, and those who are hardened to the consequences of their behaviors and the impact on families, communities and upon the entire city. I do appreciate the empathy that you obviously feel for victims. I do believe, however, that a distinction needs to be made between the innocents and the hardened criminals who perpetually give the city a black-eye, and are impervious to societal norms essential to a civilized society.
posted by: westville man on October 15, 2011 9:17am
truth avenger- we agree again.
A new idea that Attorney Michael Jefferson has proposed is the use of a “civil injunction” against the criminal and violent individuals in the community. It has gained traction in LA but Destefano wont consider it for political reasons- ie- he’s afraid of appearing racist. Kerekes is open to the idea.
The 2nd tier in the fight against crime is not simply empathy or sympathy- it’s mentoring, after school programs, cultural events, athletics and general support from the community. We need to give our time and resources to reverse this trend.
posted by: Truth Avenger on October 15, 2011 5:54pm
@ Westville Man: The ideas (like mentoring programs for our schools) you cite for impacting the cycle of violence are good ones. The approach you suggest may well mitigate the incidences of violence on our city streets. In the meantime, New Haven citizens should not be intimidated by the naysayers who always have a negative word at the ready-and should instead work toward promoting the positive aspects of the city-which are numerous.