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Daughter of Slain Tire Shop Owner Crusades for Justice

[Editor’s Note: The story below by Irving DeJon, appeared in the Feb. 3 issue of the New York Daily News. The original story can be viewed at:  HYPERLINK "https://www.tirereview.com/Article/94118/brooklyn_tire_dealer_murdered_in_apparent_robbery.aspx" https://www.tirereview.com/Article/94118/brooklyn_tire_dealer_murdered_in_apparent_robbery.aspx]

Ismelda Rosario keeps waiting to hear the jingle of keys, sitting in a Woodhaven home that has been all too quiet since November. Ismelda Rosario, 24, holds a photo of her father, Carlos Rosario, a beloved tire shop owner from Woodhaven, Queens, who was gunned down at his store on Nov. 20. Photo by Jeanne Noonan for the New York Daily News.

The last few months have come and gone in the “blink of an eye,” she said, and the grieving process hasn’t even begun.

“I’m still in shock,” said Rosario, 24. “I still think I’m going to hear his keys, he’ll come through the door and everything will be okay.”

Her father, Carlos Rosario, 58, was gunned down on the morning of Nov. 20 at his tire shop in Bushwick, Brooklyn. The man came in asking for hubcaps, but had no car. A struggled ensued. One shot was fired, the daughter said.

“It was just so random. He never had any issues with any customers,” she said.
People poured into his wake, telling tales of his benevolence. Individuals who had fallen on hard times that Rosario had given odd jobs to and other help, she said.

“I didn’t know he was that generous,” she said.

With time ticking by since Rosario’s murder, her focus has shifted to making sure this open homicide case doesn’t go stone cold.

Thoughts of the assailant, sitting on a couch somewhere watching TV, fill her mind.

“They have to catch this guy, whoever it is,” she said, her voice slightly quivering.
Sketches of a suspect have yet to be produced, she said, but detectives at the 83rd Precinct have been responsive.

Meanwhile, the distraught daughter ramped up her personal crusade to catching her father’s killer by reaching out to a local civic association.

She made a short and somber speech at the Woodhaven Residents Block Association meeting on Jan. 21, asking for assistance.

Ed Wendell, president of the group, was moved by Rosario’s poised plea. “Not only to live with the pain and the loss everyday, the fact that you don’t even get the opportunity to have justice,” he said. “It just got to me.”

The daughter plans to post reward posters near her father’s former shop.
A spokesman for City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) said she’s confident the NYPD is taking the case “very seriously,” and plans on assist the family anyway she can.

The elder Rosario was a Dominican immigrant who turned the Bushwick Tire Shop on Bushwick Ave. into a successful venture by logging 12-hour days, usually working 7 days a week, the daughter said.

“He was very dedicated to his job,” she said. “He was the one who took care of the house.”

The father, who she described as “very supportive,” pushed her to go to graduate school when her first career in social work stalled.

She is pursuing a master’s degree at Baruch College in public administration, works part time and handles most of the calls to detectives. The death has taken its toll on her mother, who already had a heart condition, she said.

She hasn’t had much free time for her father’s death to sink in.

But always lurking, waiting for a quiet moment in her busy day, are thoughts of her father’s killer.

“It’s always in the back of my mind. Every day. It’s definitely overwhelming,” she said. “In order for me to have closure, I need to know who did this.”

There is a $12,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Rosario’s killer. Anyone with information about the Nov. 20 shooting should call NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at (800) 577-TIPS.

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