Cops to remove shrine to Peekskill victim
(07/30/03) PEEKSKILL - A shrine to a man killed in Peekskill last weekend is set to be taken down by police, and it's not sitting well with friends and family of the victim.
Police say that 19-year-old Willy Upshaw was killed on Sunday by Jason Tinsley. Both Upshaw and Tinsley were charged in a different murder last year. During Upshaw's trial, he identified Tinsley as the murderer, and was acquitted in May.
The candle-filled memorial on Hadden Street is meant to honor Upshaw's life, but friends and relatives say that police are being disrespectful towards the memorial, and that one spiteful detective drove into it on purpose. Community activist Darrell Davis says police arrived with a DPW truck early Tuesday and gave the impression they were going to dispose of the memorial. Peekskill Police say they did try to take the memorial down because it had been up for three days and gang colors were being flown. However, police elected to wait until Upshaw's mother comes to gather the pieces of the memorial.
Jason Tinsley is due back in court on Thursday. He is charged with second-degree murder.