Gang Member Charged in 2015 Bronx Murder: Feds

Daquan Cooper was fatally shot in Parkchester on June 25, 2015. Credit: Gunmemorial.org.

By Kevin Deutsch
kdeutsch@bronxjusticenews.com

A Bronx gang member has been charged in the 2015 slaying of a man he murdered in order to improve his standing in the organization, federal authorities said.

Jose “Hov Goon” Rodriguez, 27, fatally shot Daquan Cooper, 23, in Parkchester on June 25, setting off a four-plus year investigation that culminated in his indictment in Manhattan federal court Tuesday. Prosecutors charged Rodriguez with murder in aid of racketeering, conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering, and gun crimes, officials said.

Rodriguez was a member or associate of a racketeering enterprise known as the “Beach Avenue Crew,” whose members dealt heroin and crack in addition to carrying out killings and attempted murders in the Bronx, according to the Department of Justice.

Rodriguez was already in federal custody serving a sentence for other crimes when prosecutors slapped him with charges in Cooper’s murder; a killing he and another gang member – who has not been publicly identified – carried out near 1595 Unionport Road in Parkchester, authorities said. A 35-year-old man was also wounded in the attack.

“Rodriguez allegedly ran with a gang whose calling card was violence and drug trafficking, and he is now charged with murder in aid of racketeering for his involvement in a 2015 homicide,” Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent-in-Charge Peter Fitzhugh said. “As alleged, he may have thought he was in the clear four years later, but strong law enforcement partnerships ensure that no one will get away with murder.”

Rodriguez’s attorney could not immediately be reached for comment.

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Kevin Deutsch is a Staff Writer for Bronx Justice News covering the criminal justice system, incarceration, and DNA use by law enforcement. An award-winning journalist, Deutsch is the author of the true crime books "Pill City" and "The Triangle." He has worked on staff at the Daily News, Miami Herald, Newsday, The Palm Beach Post, and The Riverdale Press. His work has also appeared in Newsweek, Columbia Journalism Review, The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Forward, The Independent, Huffington Post, and the New York Post, among other publications. A Bronx resident, Deutsch hosts the true crime podcast "A Dark Turn" on the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network.