Three men are dead and two more injured after an argument lead to gunfire outside Slick’s Go-Go in Irvington, NJ, on Christmas morning.
The Star Ledger reports that the shooting took place around 12:45 a.m.
Woodley Daniel, 32, of Hillside, a bouncer at the bar, told the gun man and another man to leave after feeling a gun on the man while patting him down. According to reports, the man stepped back and shot Woodley.
He then shot Pierre Clervoyant Jr., 34, of Elizabeth, the manager and son of the owner,
outside the bar.
Both were pronounced dead at University Hospital in Newark, as was a third victim, Mushir Cureton, 27, of Newark.
Pierre Clervoyant Sr., who owned Slick’s, said two men came to the bar at around 12:30 a.m. “They were clearly drunk,” said Clervoyant Sr. so his son approached the men “to calm the situation down.” When the argument with Daniel moved outside, one of the men pulled out a gun and fired, he said, killing Daniel and Clervoyant Jr., fatally wounding Cureton and injuring two others.
Outside the Hillside home of Woodley Daniel Wednesday afternoon, at least a dozen friends and relatives gathered to mourn the victim.
“We were born several days apart,” said Daniel’s cousin, Noah Joseph, 32. “Our mothers carried us in their wombs at the same time.” Joseph said Daniel was originally from Irvington and had moved to Hillside.
“He was very loved,” Joseph said. “He had many nieces and nephews and he was a father to all of them. He was a good man with a heart of gold. Anyone who knows him will say that about him. He was a protector. He was a hero.”
“He was trying to be the peacemaker,” said Stephanie Clervoyant, 25, the sister of the bar manager.
Candice Clervoyant, a maternity nurse at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston and the wife of Clervoyant Jr said, “Everyone knew Pierre because of his smile. He was better than a great father,” she said. “He was excellent. He was kind and compassionate.” They have a daughter who turned six on Sunday.
Clervoyant also worked for the city of Elizabeth, in the Office of Aging, which runs programs for senior citizens.
Elizabeth Mayor Christian Bollwage called him “A great young man who had everything going for him,” in an e-mail.
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