St. John’s Student That Died During J’Ouvert Chose To Attend At The Last Minute
By The Daily News
The beloved St. John’s grad student killed in an early morning J’Ouvert shooting had sworn off the annual Brooklyn celebration — only to change her mind.
Tiarah Poyau declared years ago that she was done with the dangerous party, her friend Tattuu Phillips told the Daily News on Wednesday.
But she and some friends tragically decided to join in the lethal Labor Day revelry at the last minute.
“We were all speaking out amongst each other that this year, we’re not going to hide,” said Phillips, 39, who lives near the 22-year-old victim’s family. “So she ended up accepting the invite to J’Ouvert — which she never goes to — and loses her life.”
The haunting revelation came as Reginald Moise, the 20-year-old man accused of killing her, was preparing to see a judge.
Sporting a white T-shirt and black Nike sweats, Moise said nothing as detectives escorted him from the 70th Precinct stationhouse in Flatbush, where cops had been grilling him for close to two days.
A bandage was wrapped around a deep cut Moise sustained after shattering a mirror at a Montgomery St. apartment. It was there that he stashed his 9-mm. Glock. Shell casings from the weapon connected the suspect to Monday’s 4:15 a.m. fatal shooting in Crown Heights, police said.
Moise’s lawyer, Christopher Hoyt, tried to convince the judge at his arraignment to set bail, suggesting that the killing didn’t look like a “strictly intentional shooting” and might later be considered manslaughter, not murder.
“Things can change as the case develops,” Hoyt said.
Judge Joy Campanelli didn’t buy it and ordered Moise remanded without bail.
Moise is accused of shooting Poyau at point-blank range, then running to nearby Montgomery St., where he fired off two more rounds.
Nadia Bryan, 30, who lives with her 18-month-old son in the Montgomery St. building, said two bullets tore through the wall and into her home when Moise arrived shortly after he killed Poyau.
One bullet “went directly over (the child’s) crib,” she recalled. “It was two shots. It was like BAM! And then BAM! … I texted a friend and said, ‘It’s like a war zone in here. ”
Bryan said her exhausted little boy was unaware of his brush with mortality.
“He didn’t know it happened,” said Bryan. “He was so tired. It was ridiculously close. It was actually at my head level. If I was walking, it would have caught me.”
Moise was also hit with drunken driving charges — cops spotted him at 8 a.m. Monday driving a 2002 Ford Explorer with a missing wheel and a broken axle.
When asked if he knew about the missing wheel, he told cops, “No, I did not know. I got into the car and it was this way,” prosecutors said.
Police said there was no connection between the shooting and a reported incident where a heavyset man tried to grind up against the victim. Poyau was with three friends when she was shot in the face.