'Everybody loved him’: Mom grieves after shooting death of her son inside Brooklyn lounge

Graham Rayman, New York Daily News
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A Brooklyn mom’s grief over the shooting death of her enterprising son has also cost her much of her voice.

Janice McQueen Olivierre, 52, was so shellshocked she couldn’t speak above a whisper Sunday as she spoke about her good-natured son Jahdane Olivierre’s parenting, his book project and an online venture selling health food products.

“He’s an amazing father, a great son, very creative," Janice told the Daily News. "He had a very unique personality, he can draw, he’s a poet, very intelligent. To know Jahdane is to love him, everybody loved him.”

Olivierre was at Richard’s Hall & Lounge on Avenue L near E. 94th St. in Canarsie when shots rang out about 2:30 a.m. Saturday.

Cops found him out on the sidewalk with gunshot wounds to his leg and chest. Medics rushed him to Brookdale University Hospital, but he couldn’t be saved.

“I’ve been breaking down yesterday and today," said childhood friend Hans Monsiston, of West Palm Beach, Fla. "He’s one of those few people, the handful of people that I grew up with that I stayed close with.”

It remains unknown whether he was a target or a bystander. Witnesses to the shooting have been uncooperative, a police source said. There have been no arrests.

“He had a strong heart and he had a good will," Monsiston said. "That’s what I’m most sad about. That’s the toughest thing, that he didn’t get to fulfill his abilities.”

The heartbroken mom said Jahdane, known by friends as Jah, grew up in Canarsie, attending George Westinghouse High School in Downtown Brooklyn.

“He was trying to make the best life that he possibly could make for himself," she said.

The family moved to Connecticut some years ago. He split his time between there and Howard Beach, Queens.

He had three brothers, five sisters and a 9-year-old son. “He’s holding up," the victim’s mom said of Jahdane’s son.

Jahdane had been planning a block party for his son, Monsiston said.

“Everybody has their edges, from growing up in that neighborhood, but when you peel the layers you could see a good soul," he said. “He’s gone way too soon.”

Monsiston insisted Richard’s Hall & Lounge wasn’t a dangerous place.

“We all would go to Richard’s,” Monsiston said. “There’s no crew or clique that hangs out there.”

Jahdane’s uncle Keishorne Scott, 34, of New Jersey, said the young man wanted to write a book of poems about his life.

"I loved him more than anything,” Scott said.

“We all make mistakes in life and Jahdane was someone who learned from it, and was doing the right thing. If hard work and confidence was a person, he would be it."

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