Shook Ones: Atlantic City Neighbors Too Scared To Snitch On Thugs Who Abducted And Killed 19-Year-Old Mother

- By Bossip Staff

This is just crazy. SMH @ folks being more worried about snitching than locking up an armed gang that will kidnap and kill you or your neighbors.

Nadirah Ruffin’s abduction united a community hoping to bring her home. Now, investigators are hoping the public will band together again to catch whomever killed her.

“Please come forward,” Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel said Thursday afternoon during a news conference. “Now is the time to help solve this matter and find the people responsible for the kidnapping and murder of Nadirah Ruffin.”

Ruffin, 19, of Egg Harbor Township, was at her cousin’s Atlantic City home at about 11:40 p.m. March 26 when three men and a woman wearing masks and armed with guns forced their way into the apartment, duct-taped the four other women there and took Ruffin at gunpoint.

That was the last time she was seen alive.

At about 10:30 Tuesday morning, a Philadelphia-area college rowing team was practicing on the Schuylkill River when they spotted a body stuck in brush at the bend just past Montgomery Avenue on the Martin Luther King Jr. Drive side, Housel said.

There was duct tape on the body’s head and part of the upper torso, and it had suffered a gunshot wound to the head. A handcuff dangled from the left ankle.

On Wednesday, a Philadelphia medical examiner confirmed the body was Ruffin’s.

Housel said it was unclear where or when Ruffin was placed in the water, but the flow of the river seems to suggest it was within less than two miles of where it was found, at a bend near the Route 1 overpass.

The prosecutor is asking that anyone in that area of Philadelphia try to recall suspicious activity near the water’s edge. He suggested a light-colored car with New Jersey tags in the style of a Hyundai or Ford Focus may be involved, declining to say where that information came from.

“It could be any little thing,” Housel said of information that could help the case. “Don’t come to the conclusion it may not be helpful. Let us come to that conclusion.”

The medical examiner was unable to determine when Ruffin was killed, and a murder scene has not been found. The body could have been put in the river anytime from March 27 to just before she was found, although Housel said it is believed the river was higher when the body first got stuck in the brush, which likely means it was there when rain swelled the river over the weekend.

Ruffin was killed elsewhere and then transported, Housel said, but it was unclear whether the slaying happened in New Jersey or Pennsylvania. Housel intends for his office to handle any prosecution in the case.

“Unless and until federal authorities choose to treat this as a specific type of federal crime, it will be prosecuted here,” he said.

If the killing did occur in Pennsylvania and charges are pursued there, both states can prosecute separately, he said.

Atlantic City residents generated a lot of attention for the case as they pleaded for people to come forward with information. But reminders of Ruffin are disappearing from the Back Maryland complex where she was taken.

Residents there say Ruffin’s cousin moved out of the home from which Ruffin was abducted last week. On Thursday, a maintenance man was preparing the unit for a new tenant. A copy of the flyer that was taped to a utility pole in front of the home had been torn off.

The residents, many of whom knew Ruffin, said Thursday that they feel sympathy but are reluctant to come forward with any information.

Joaquim Morillo lives with his wife and two children a block away from where the crime happened.

“I feel for the family and the young girl, but I don’t want to say anything. I don’t want to get into trouble,” he said. “There are too many bad people here.”

Resident Quashawn Wright, 18, said he knew Ruffin and could not believe what happened to her.

“That’s crazy. They never should have done something like that. No one deserves that, but especially not a young mother,” he said. “God will get them.”

But Wright said people in his neighborhood are not discussing what happened.

“Everyone here keeps their mouth closed,” he said while riding away on his bicycle.

Dali Ortiz, 15, said people in the area started acting differently after the incident.

“You don’t see people out after 7 at night anymore,” the 15-year-old said. “People are locking their doors, and nobody is hanging out late at night. People are being cautious and scared.”

Meanwhile, the residents who passed out flyers in Atlantic City and Pleasantville several times since the kidnapping said they plan to continue asking residents to speak up if they know what happened.

Co-organizer Taiwa Ukawabutu said the group will continue to seek information. They are planning a rally at noon Saturday at the site where she was abducted on North Maryland Avenue, he said.

“There was no doubt we were going to continue,” he said. “We need to change the way people are thinking. It’s time for all of this to stop.”

The campaign also included a search for Sierra Thomas, a 19-year-old mother who disappeared on the same block as Ruffin in November 2002.

Sheila Thomas, Sierra’s mother, was devastated when she heard Tuesday night that Ruffin suffered the same fate she fears befell her daughter.

But Thomas said the movement must continue for Ruffin’s death to have a positive effect.

“Nobody has said anything yet,” she said. “We want someone to come forward and tell what happened.”

Atlantic City and Philadelphia police continue to assist in the investigation, along with the FBI. A reward of as much as $20,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the suspect or suspects in Ruffin’s death.

“It is despicable,” Housel said of the abduction and killing. “It’s repulsive. It is our intention to find whoever did this.”

We’re putting this up because we want to put the word out. If you know anything, PLEASE contact the authorities so justice can be served.

R.I.P. Nadirah Ruffin and Sierra Thomas

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  • J.Reezy

    Sad, no one will come forward though. Blacks will continue to not snitch on criminals..

    • uhohitslelani

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      I’m sure there is a way to do it anonymously**
      Via email, or have someone call for them. NO EXCUSE.
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  • Northern Cali Honey

    Whats right is right, don’t be afraid of these bastards. Get some weapons and protect yourself, you DO have a right!!! SNITCH AND PREPARE FOR WAR! If this was your family member, you wouldn’t be sitting back. So damn sad ppl won’t stand up.

  • Snoot

    A shame that a culture condemns snitching but encourages police and media help when crime befalls their own.

  • Trini Sazon a.k.a # Coons be winning

    its easy for you to say you cant understand why people wont come forward ..but then whos gonna protect the witness when they are at home not the police!! these people cant just pick up and move away from the danger not everyone can just pick up and buy guns dont be silly .. this is Phily/NJ were talking about where they murder people for fun..besides we know this was not no random murder they only abducted her she was definitely up to something! R.I.P though hope this justice is served somehow

    • MZ.AMBER4

      Wow…Philly…Im in chicago! same sh*t happens here every minute……And guess what the smart ones protect themselves. She could have just been at the wrong place at the wrong time.

  • eygotitall

    SMDH I don’t get everyone is hollering “this needs to stop” but when you ask them for help it’s “I don’t want to get involved”.

    • aishab

      The people are tired of the criminal activity. But the police don’t protect the civilians if they decide to help. It’s a case of the gangs running the cities and the civilians waiting to be saved.

  • http://stewartsynopsis.com/Site%20Index.htm We"Blacks"AreTheREALHebrewIsraelites

    Then I would die a righteous death because there’s no way I’d let some fools scare me into silence. Can’t nothing scare me when I got the FEAR of GOD in my soul. I answer to HIM not to some pathetic and lacking in consciousness human being. Do the right thing. Step up! What if this was your kin?

    • schoolteacher7

      OMG You are SO right! I don’t fear people. God is BIGGER than any gang or thug! I would die a rightous death anyday so that MY kids and their kids could live in a safer society. Snitchin, I believe, is calling the police on someone who’s selling hand bags and dvds out the trunk to make ends. But when it comes to a child being molested or a murder going down, I believe in putting my tax dollars to use! Because my faith and protection lies is God, not man.

    • Othello

      Not that easy. You don’t think people have tried that before? The anonymous phone tip? There is no such thing as anonymous in these neighborhoods. Some how some one always finds out. This fear these communities feel is the result of years of being terrorized by crime and criminal organizations. I’m not saying it’s right.

  • G Howe Black

    Snitchin is tellin on your neighbor who sells herb and bothers nobody. Snitchin doesn’t mean you rat out where a murderer or kid toucher are hiding. Who wants a dirtbag livin next to their kids? I don’t want a thief livin around me. Its pure ignorance. Its a neverending cycle. Maybe if you taught these idiots a lesson and said you can’t do this it’d stop. Not tomorry but eventually

    • http://foxxysladies.com Nicole

      Well said, very well said, and someone needs to come forward.

  • Othello

    I feel for the families of the victims but its not that cut and dry. People are scared for their lives. Someone informing the police can make their family the target of some seriously dangerous people. An informant has to consider witness protection and relocation. As most of these crimes are connected to larger criminal organizations that have the man power to turn someone’s life upside
    down. People’s silence isn’t to protect the criminals; people are protecting themselves and their families. It’s a complex situation. The “Stop Snitching” is for criminals not civilians. Civilians are scared of retaliation if or when they come forward. Yeah the Police offer protection but often fall short as houses are burned, people are hurt or murdered. That’s the reality in many of these neighborhoods. What would you do?

  • veryfunny

    So so sad,cos that is one fine young lady whose life was cut short for nothing,R.I.P.

  • Naimah

    I am so sick of the BS! Not “snitching” is a part of American culture. Why are you fools trying to single out this community. One moron say something about “Blacks”?!?!?! What??

    The policy have the “Blue Wall of Silence”. The cops who are paid and have taken an oath to protect you NEVER testify against each other cops.

    I never read stories about how the Blue Wall of Silence hinders law and order in American.

    Additional, when people do “snitch” the police and DA do not protect them and their families. The dirty police will even let other criminals know that so-and-so snitched!!!

    The police are the problem, the system is the problem, the criminals are the problem; the people who keep their month shut are victims of a broken system.

  • G Howe Black

    Its 2011 ever heard of a phone? Or grab yourself a MAC 11 and a GLOCK 23. I sure have.

  • MZSCORPIO

    I AM SO SICK AND TIRED OF PPL NOT TELLING…THIS COULD OF BEEN YOUR DAUGHTER, YOUR MOTHER YOUR SISTER..SOMEONE IN UR FAMILY AND I AM SURE U WOULD WANT TO KNOW WHO DID IT…IF ANYONE KNOWS HER FAMILY DESERVES TO AT LEAST BE AT PEACE..AND IF YOU KNOW WHO DID IT GOD WILL PROTECT YOU AND YOU WILL BE AT PEACE IN UR HEART KNOWING U DID THE RIGHT THING…PLEASE DONT LET THIS YOUNG LADY DIE IN VAIN…

  • Uh hello

    Reporting anonymously isn’t an option? Pleeease.

  • Nini35

    Sad story, this world is really coming to a end

  • Othello

    Not that easy. You don’t think people have tried that before? The anonymous phone tip? There is no such thing as anonymous in these neighborhoods. Some how someone always finds out. This fear these communities feel is the result of years of being terrorized by crime and criminal organizations. I’m not saying it’s right.

  • Othello

    You people act like you’ve never been to poor black neighborhoods and have seen how much of a hold these criminal organizations have on these communities, maybe you haven’t. The italian mafia works pretty much the same way. People in those neighborhoods say nothing if the crime has to do with real mafia business. Because they know what will happen if they talk. Too many variables for people to risk their lives. I feel bad for the young lady, I really do. But let’s not be naive and act like we don’t know why people aren’t talking. C’mon that was a well orchestrated kidnapping. If everyone else knows I’m sure her people know too. It’s up to the men in that poor girl’s family to handle their business.

  • Melanie barnett

    First off this is sad.
    But if the people come forward, will law enforcement protect them? Play them against each other to get more information? There is more to it than “not snitching” that people don’t seem to understand.

  • http://bossip GAT TURNER Blaam Blaaam slavemaster!!

    No snitching? Then good ole’ Citizen Justice…

    If this was in the WOOD….Those thugs would be stretched out in the street!

    I mean the peole in CULCER CITY banded together and beat down that serial killer ‘Richard Ramirez’

    They should do the same thing…….get some of those late 70s early to mid 80s OG’s and go krack some heads……..werd up!

  • 1TruDiva w/the PlatinumVocals!!

    I realized something after I posted a comment the other day about no snitching.

    Recently, someone near and dear to my family was shot. Although several family members knew who did it, none of them bothered to speak to the 14 police officers at the emergency room. I was like “Why not?” No one bothered to answer me. Not to go into details but I soon found out why. To sum it up, MOST of the time, when the no snitching is applied, the people closet to the crime have a way of dealing with it. It’s called street justice.

  • 1TruDiva w/the PlatinumVocals!!

    *closest

  • stevetheque

    These mofos need to die SLOW!!!!

  • keebler mf elf

    Too bad because she was beautiful! I notice that ugly and evil people never get killed or murdered, life is f’ed up!

  • bk4real

    WHY WHY , WE AS BLACK POEPLE HAVE SOME SICK PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY WE NEED TO STOP PARTYING AND GET OUR ACT TOGETHER , AND TURN FROM YOUR WICKED WAYS BLACK MAN AND WOMAN , IM TIRED OF REPEATING THIS…WAKE-UP PLEASE.

  • JusTBeingReal

    SMH…MAY SHE RIP AND MAY HER FAMILY STAY STRONG AND TAKE CARE OF HER SON…IM QUITE SURE THE POLICE CAN SOLVE THE CASE..BUT WHEN THEY SCCARED AND CANT DO THEIR JOB THEY EXPECT THE COMMUNITY TOO..THE CITY TOO SMALL FOR THIS KIND OF CRIME NOT BEING SOLVED…BUT IT HAPPENS ALL THE TIME…MAY GOD BRING THOSE ANIMALS TO JUSTICE..STREET OR JUDCIAL..

  • Facts

    I knew Nadirah and who ever know anything about her death should say something they will never understand the pain he family is going threw and the rest of the people who loved and cared about her …… But if u really was her friend and truly cared about her u would do the right thing and stop helping the criminal Nadirah was a loving ,kind,caring person who never had trouble with any one and she was a loving mother if you don’t do it for her or do it for her family than do it for yourself because that sick person that killed her is still out there and they could possible do the same thing to you or some one in your family R.I.P Nadirah you will be missed

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