Homicide

Three charged in murder of Cuomo aide in Brooklyn

Carey Gabay was shot in the head in September during a festival called J'Ouvert.

Carey Gabay was shot in the head in September during a festival called J'Ouvert.

Three men were charged with murder Wednesday in the shooting death of an aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo last year in Brooklyn.

The three men were identified as Micah Alleyne, 24, Tyshawn Crawford, 21, and Keith Luncheon, 24. The Brooklyn District Attorney’s office alleged that the three engaged in “mutual combat” during the early morning hours of Sept. 7, 2015.

Carey Gabay was shot in the head in September during a West Indian music festival called J'Ouvert. The 43-year-old lawyer and expectant father was a first deputy general counsel at the Empire State Development Corp.

Alleyne and “numerous others” were accused of firing guns at the event, court documents showed. One of the bullets struck Gabay, who died nine days later. Investigators said the shooting may have been gang-related.

Gabay was a son of Jamaican immigrants and graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School.

He served as an assistant counsel for Cuomo starting in 2011 and was appointed first deputy counsel for New York's economic development agency in 2015.

The three suspects faced a 16-count indictment with charges ranging from second-degree murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon to first-degree reckless endangerment, a district attorney statement said. Each suspect faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.