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Valley Stream man arrested in shooting deaths at Brooklyn wake

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A Valley Stream man has been charged with murder in the shooting deaths of two men at a Brooklyn wake in April, the NYPD said.

Pierre Celestine, 35, of 1276 Barry Dr. South, was arrested Friday night and charged with two counts of murder and two counts of possession of a gun in the April 27 shooting in front of Emmanuel Church of God in East Flatbush, according to court records and police.

Killed were Sharieff Clayton, 40, of Baychester, in the Bronx, and Ronald Murphy, 44, of Cypress Hills, Brooklyn. Four other people, including Murphy's wife, 38, were injured in the shooting.

Investigators initially said the shooting at the wake was provoked by a previous gang rivalry. The wake was being held for Jose Luis Robles, 38, who died of natural causes, but may have been affiliated with the Bloods street gang.

According to police, Clayton had argued with another man at the wake about a decades-old crime. Police said Clayton punched the man in the face, and that man came back with two other men who opened fire from a car at people at the wake. Police did not specify Celestine's involvement in the fight.

Celestine was set to be arraigned Saturday, but his arraignment information and his attorney were not available.

No one answered the door at Celestine's Valley Stream home Saturday night and no one at the house responded to phone calls.

New York court records show no criminal history for Celestine.

With Darran Simon


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