Arrest gives Albany officials hope after recent city violence


There has been a second arrest in the June 12th murder of Equan Fallen, 20.

Trayron Palmer, 21, of Vergennes, VT, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

This is just the start for Councilwoman Joyce Love.

“I’m looking for justice for Elijah Cancer and I’m looking for justice for Khalil Barnes,” said Councilwoman Love.

“It’s too many guns here and they’re coming for all over,” 

“The officers are working very hard, but it takes the community as a whole in order to combat crime and combat violence in the city,” said Albany Police Public Information Office Steve Smith.

It’s a notion that may have awakened some in the community.

“The actual close occurrence of these violent events has really brought, I think, a sense of conscious about the seriousness of the moment,” said Love.

Merton Simpson, Albany County Legislature for District 2, questioned if that will last.

“If we can sustain that interest over a long period of time as oppose to let it dissipate, I think it will be the beginning of a return to normalcy,” said Simpson.

After a summer spike in violence down the Albany streets this summer, Simpson said there may be light at the end of the tunnel.

“Sometimes there’s an incident that brings all the forces together in the right direction. I think this might be one of those moments,” said Simpson.

Fallen was found with a gunshot wound in the torso on the 400-block of Livingston Avenue.  He was taken to Albany Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Shaquille Moore, 26, from Albany was arrested on July 16 for the murder of Fallen.  He is currently in the Albany County Jail and faces the same charges as Palmer.

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