By Mark Gerlach
A New Windsor teen, and recent Newburgh Free Academy graduate, died from a gunshot wound on Aug. 30.
Keyshan Gayle, 18, suffered a single gunshot wound to the back, police said.
“Keyshan was a great person,” Nicolette Scaglione, Keyshan’s girlfriend said. “His smile was the best thing anybody could look at. He was a happy soul.”
Keyshan and Scaglione were together for about eight months, she said. “I loved him with every piece of me,” Scaglione, 16, of New Windsor said. “Those were the best eight months I could have experienced with such a beautiful person.”
The City of Newburgh Police Department received a “shots fired” call at about 11:15 p.m. in the area of Fullerton Avenue and Third Street. Police found Gayle lying on the ground when they arrived. Gayle was taken to St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital on Dubois Street in Newburgh, where he was pronounced dead, police said. Little information about the incident had been released as of press time Thursday.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the City of Newburgh Police Department at 845-561-3131.
The City of Newburgh Police Department, as well as state police, and the Orange County District Attorney’s Office are investigating the shooting.
“He loved his friends,” Scaglione said. “He loved being with his friends and family and being surrounded by good, positive energy. His smile was so bright; he could have lit up a room with it.”
To read the full article see the Friday, Sept. 2 editions of The Sentinel and Orange County Post.