Brooklyn street named for murdered Jamaican convert

(JTA) — A New York City street was renamed for a Jamaican convert to Judaism who was shot while protecting his girlfriend during a robbery.

Avenue J and Nostrand Avenue in the Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn is now “Yoseph Robinson Avenue” to honor the memory of the 34-year-old former hip-hop musician who worked as a clerk at a kosher liquor store.

Robinson was a bridge between the Orthodox Jewish and Caribbean communities of Midwood and East Flatbush, the New York Daily News reported Sunday.

He was shot twice in the chest in August 2010 during an attempted robbery in which the gunman demanded his girlfriend’s jewelry.