The New Rochelle resident, 29, was developing as a potential rapper. And one of his siblings claimed that having a daughter a year ago had completely altered his perspective on life. When Caldwell was assassinated on Wednesday night just a few blocks from his Webster Avenue apartment, the dreams came to a stop.
Just before six o’clock in the evening, officers responded to reports of gunfire and discovered Caldwell lying on the ground at Horton Avenue and Colonel Lee Archer Boulevard with several gunshot wounds, according to New Rochelle police Capt. J. Collins Coyne. A short while afterwards, a hospital declared him dead.
Dawne Greaves, Caldwell’s sister, said in a telephone interview on Thursday afternoon that “we’re waiting for answers right now.” “It doesn’t seem to be real. The entire family is devastated.”
The youngest of five children, Caldwell was. Greaves claimed that although they all shared a particular connection because she was the one who was the closest in age to him, she would refer to him as her twin. She described how James connected with both children and adults and how he “lit up” whatever room he entered.
She stated that he was employed in security and had faced difficulties in his life. This included a prison sentence following a failed armed robbery attempt at age 20 in Mamaroneck. She observed his increased seriousness since the birth of his daughter Madison last year.
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Greaves remarked, “That girl was his entire heart.” “He had a lot of desires for both himself and her. He was (determined to) gather himself.” Caldwell played under the name “Boogie Nation,” and according to his sister, he was supposed to take the stage in Bridgeport on Thursday night.
He lamented the deaths of several pals, notably Kamal “Crazy” Flowers, who was shot by police six months previously, in the song “Blood on My Timbs” from December 2020. He released the song “Roses” last year and included words like this in it.
If you really love me, don’t wait until I’m gone. “I always give ’em fire on every song I’m on; give me my roses while I’m here, don’t wait ’til I’m gone.”
Coyne withheld any information about the inquiry, including whether or if investigators had any leads. Police in New Rochelle is asking anyone with information about the incident to contact them at 914-654-2300.
In a little more than nine months, it was New Rochelle’s first homicide. Julian Oliveros, a 16-year-old, was fatally shot on January 25 in close proximity to the intersection of Fourth Street and Washington Avenue. Second-degree murder charges were brought against Tommy Rivera, also 16, and his case is still in court.