Last week, 37-year-old Devin Thompson died from his injuries after being shot twice outside Sin Sin at the corner of East Fifth Street and Second Avenue on Aug. 22.
Today, Patrick Hedlund at DNAinfo reports that Sin Sin's management nixed Thompson's sister's request to place a temporary memorial near the site of the deadly shooting.
Per the article:
The victim’s sister, Makeba Thompson, said that his family and friends wanted to simply hang flowers from a tree in front the nightclub as a temporary memorial to her brother.
But when she asked the club’s owner about adding the flowers, he asked her not to.
“He said we could do it anyway if we wanted to, but it will definitely bring negative attention to his establishment,” said Makeba Thompson, 41.
Sin Sin/Leopard Lounge owner Philip Quilter acknowledged that he requested the memorial not go up, explaining that it may offend neighbors who have complained about issues of violence and noise related to his establishment.
“I would think there would be a backlash from our neighborhood if there was a memorial put outside,” he said, noting that passersby have been calling members of his staff “murderers” and “killers” since the shooting occurred.
Previously on EV Grieve:
NYPD hosting meeting between Sin Sin and neighbors tonight
East Village noise wars new battlefront: Sin Sin/Leopard Lounge
Why the president of the East Fifth Street Block Association carries a baseball bat