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On September 29, 2005, 10 unmarried couples w/children will be married during a landmark event called Marry Your Baby Daddy Day. The FREE mass wedding will be officiated by the acclaimed Dr. Rev. Herbert Daughtry in Brooklyn, NY. Celebrity wedding dress designers, vendors and wedding planners have signed up to make this a very memorable and important moment in the lives of 10 loving, fantastic couples. Several celebrity VIP figures will be among the distinguished guests.
Maryann Reid, organizer of the event, is the author of Marry Your Baby Daddy (St. Martins Press) which will be published in September 2005. A portion of the proceeds from the book will be going to charity. Marry Your Baby Daddy Day is an effort to increase the % of 2-parent households in urban communities. Currently the OOW rate is over 70%.
Interviews will be granted within the next few months. Media inquiries are welcome. Reporters who would like to cover this event from start to finish in a series, should contact 212-946-5164.
Shot dead playing a video game
BY KERRY BURKE and ROBERT F. MOORE
NY DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS
Woman who said victim was father of her baby is held back by friends and kin.
A gunman calmly walked into a Queens barbershop yesterday and fatally shot a young father who was playing an arcade game, cops and witnesses said.
"He had his hand in his jacket," said Ed Vaness, 22, of Queens, who was getting a haircut at Fanatic International Unisex Barbershop in Laurelton when the gunman strolled in around 2:30p.m.
"He didn't say anything. He just popped him."
The victim, whose name wasn't released, was playing an NBA Live 2005 video game when he was shot in the Merrick Blvd. shop.
Cops arrived to find the victim, in his 20s, known to friends as Surf, crumpled near the back of the storefront.
A distraught woman tried to get into the shop but was stopped by officers guarding the crime scene.
"That's my baby's father!" she screamed.
Hours after the shooting, relatives said they were too upset to talk. The victim had two children and often went to the barbershop to hang out, neighbors said.
Police said the victim apparently was targeted for death. The suspect was in the shop a few hours before the shooting, left and came back firing, a police source said.
Detectives questioned a man in the shooting but didn't immediately report an arrest.
Gino Colombari, 70, who runs a nearby liquor store and owns the building that houses the barbershop, ran outside after hearing the commotion.
"Now everybody's scared," he said.
Some people like seven grain bread . . . I like 55 grain lead.