Promising basketball prospect Brandon Hendricks, 17, has actually been shot dead in New york city and utilized his last words to ask a friend to call his mum.
The catastrophe came amid a spate of weapon violence in the city – consisting of the death of another young man and ex-basketballer, Tracey Washington, who left a mystical last message that has gone viral (story below).
Hendricks, who graduated from James Monroe High School recently, was shot right before midnight in a location of The Bronx, Morris Heights.
The teenager was at a friend’s birthday party when shots were fired. Police found him with a bullet wound to the neck and he was noticable dead after being rushed to St. Barnabas Healthcare Facility.
A good friend who saw the occurrence spoke with The New York City Post and revealed Hendricks’ final words.
” In the blink of an eye, me and my buddies are running away,” stated Hammad Singleton,18
” I reverse and he informed me,’ I got struck’, and I just seen it. I got him and said we can’t stop right here since there’s more shots going off.
” He stopped at the actions and we sat him down. He started wobbling. So, I sat him down. My pals took off his t-shirt and I’m holding that for him.
” My pals took off his shirt and I’m holding that for him. I’m talking to him:’ You’re great, brother, you’re good?’ He’s like, ‘Yeah, I’m OKAY, I’m OK’.”
” He’s trying to smile. He’s attempting to talk with me:’ I’m excellent, I’m excellent’. He stated,’ Yo, Bam( Singleton), I enjoy you. Call my mum.’
” He simply closed his eyes. He didn’t say anything else after that. That was it. “
Hendricks’ ravaged mom, Eve, informed press reporters:” He didn’t do drugs, no gangs. He had a basketball scholarship. He was going to college.”
Witnesses reportedly informed authorities that Hendricks was associated with an argument before the shooting, however Singleton insisted that he was an innocent onlooker.
” It actually wasn’t indicated for him,” he stated. “Wrong place, wrong time.
” The people who were with me are all basketball players. Absolutely nothing to do with the streets.”
Hendricks’ uncle, Noel Ellison, spoke with his nephew just before his death. The two routinely attended church together.
” We spoke [at around] 9: 30 last night,” Ellison told The New York City Daily News “Two hours later, he was gone.
” We were discussing the important things he needed to carry out in preparation to go to college.
” He was nothing but a stunning, stellar kid, a child precious by everybody he discovers. He’s the kid you want your daughter to marry.”
Hendricks was captain of his high school basketball group for the previous 2 years and had actually just chosen to go to junior college at West Hills College in California. He was a point player and a natural leader.
” He was an athlete. He was a leader. He was lovely. Everybody liked him,” Monroe assistant coach Chris Salgado told The New York Post
” He was just an individuals’s person. That’s why it harms so much, due to the fact that he wasn’t a street kid.”
A candlelight vigil was held near Hendricks’ Bronx house after the shooting, drawing more than 200 people.
SHOOTING VICTIM’S EERIE FINAL MESSAGE
Tracey Washington, 21, was shot in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, on Monday after pulling up in a taxi on Dean Street just after 6pm. The shooter was waiting for him.
Washington made a threatening Facebook post nine hours before his death, which has actually now been commonly shared.
” Oh yea I got the task I start tomorrow building and construction plz do not kill me,” he wrote.
His grandmother, Maybell Washington, told The New York City Daily News that individuals who knew her grandson had actually informed her that Tracey got a call while in the taxi. The call caused him to re-route his journey to where he was eliminated.
” He got a call and he went to Weeksville,” Mrs Washington said. “He wasn’t (initially) going to Weeksville (a nearby suburb to Crown Heights), where he was killed at. He was going somewhere else.
” I don’t understand where he was going. He had simply left the house. His sis said she heard him exclude the door about 6 o’clock.
” Someone established my child.”
Washington’s twin sis, Stacey, told the Daily News that she did not understand why anyone would wish to injure her sibling.
” He was a great person,” she said. “I just seem like, who would do this? Everyone knew him … I just wan na know who did it.”
Washington was a high school basketballer at the Eagle Academy for Young Guys II in Brooklyn.