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Rot in jail: Murderers of two Bed-Stuy mothers face life behind bars following conviction

Nazir Saunders (left) and Anthony Alexander
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Two gunmen face life behind bars after a jury found them guilty of murder for slaying two young mothers amid a failed Bedford-Stuyvesant assassination attempt in 2017.

Bed-Stuy resident Anthony Alexander, 19, and Harlem dweller Nazir Saunders, 22, were each convicted of two counts of second-degree murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon in Brooklyn Supreme Court on Monday. They face up to 50 years to life in prison when they’re sentenced on June 10.

The gun-toting gangbangers waltzed into the courtyard of a Gates Avenue housing complex between Lewis and Stuyvesant avenues at 9:30 p.m. on July 12, 2017 and opened fire into a crowd of about 20 people barbecuing, in an attempt to slay rival gang members, according to District Attorney Eric Gonzalez.

The lowlifes missed their intended target, and instead struck Chynna Battle, the 21-year-old mother of a 3-year-old girl, in the head, and 29-year-old Shaqwanda Staley, who had a 9-year-old daughter, in the back, killing both women.

“Two innocent women, each of them a young mother, died when these defendants callously opened fire on a crowd that was peacefully gathered in a courtyard on a summer evening,” said Gonzalez. “The victims’ daughters will now grow up without the love and support of their mothers. We cannot allow gun violence like this to continue to wreak havoc on our communities.”

The scum fled to South Carolina following the murders, where they were arrested on Oct. 31, 2017.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 2:11 pm, May 21, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Petunia from Queens says:
You refer to them as “scum” - getting all high and mighty on your righteous high horse. That’s not professional journalism, and it’s pretty low. Get over yourself, and stop trying to be “down” with it. You’re not.
May 21, 5:46 pm
Chantel from Redhook says:
They are beyond scum, they are brutal savaged that deserve the death penalty. Luckily for them, it's not legal in NY.
May 21, 10:42 pm
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Bernie says "Let them vote!"
May 22, 6:03 am
Benny from Park Slope says:
Petunia -- you have a point. It's not exactly fair-minded journalism. However: These two ARE scum, and if they die in prison, that sounds like justice. Two innocent moms murdered, and who knows how many other lives shattered because the pointless, pathetic, asinine thug life came calling. What a waste.
May 22, 9:27 am
Begonia from Kings says:
Petunia probabky has multiple children with scum like that. But they drive Marcedes! Next we will be hearing about Petunia in the papers.
May 23, 7:54 pm

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