18-year-old pleads ‘not guilty’ in fatal shooting of Francisco Gordillo in Yonkers

An 18-year-old Yonkers resident who pleaded not guilty Wednesday in the fatal shooting of a man inside a van last month first told police the victim killed himself, then admitted that he was holding the gun but that it had gone off accidentally. .

Ludvin Ramos-Cervantes was arraigned in Westchester County Court on charges of second-degree murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon in the Murder of February 26 by Francisco Gordillo, 51 years old.

More than a dozen of the victim’s relatives were in court and some spoke afterward about the devastation caused by her murder.

A memorial photo at Willow Street and Mount Carmel Place in Yonkers where Francisco Gordillo was fatally shot in a van on February 26, 2024.

“He was a paternal relative of all of us, he did so much for the whole family,” said Gordillo’s eldest nephew, Jairo Forero. “We all called him ‘Papi Fico’ – he was like a father to everyone.”

The victim and the defendant did not know each other but had met that night. Police say they were in Gordillo’s truck at Mount Carmel Place and Willow Street with two other men when they began arguing. Ramos-Cervantes left but quickly returned with a .45-caliber handgun and is accused of shooting Gordillo in the back of the head shortly before 5 a.m.

Ramos-Cervantes went to a nearby building and when he came out, a witness reported him to police, who then responded to the shooting. According to court documents filed with the indictment, he then told an officer that the gun belonged to Gordillo and that Gordillo was threatening to shoot himself. He said he and the other man tried to get Gordillo’s gun, but he shot himself.

At headquarters, three hours later, he changed his account, according to the documents.

He initially told detectives Javier Sarmiento and Kujtim Rugova that the gun belonged to one of the other men in the car and that he had asked to look at it. But then he told them he was “screwed”, admitting it was his and…

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