Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

13 year old Brooklyn boy shot in back

Ronald Wallace, Jr., age 13
It's sad that kids can't walk in their neighborhoods without being shot in the back. Ronald Wallace is dead after a gunshot hit him in the back while walking to the grocery store. Here is the article:
Ronald Wallace Jr. was shot once in the back at the corner of Tapscott Street and Blake Avenue in Brownsville shortly before 1 a.m. He died on the way to the hospital, police said.
Wallace’s devastated family told NBC 4 New York the aspiring basketball player was on his way to the store when he was shot and they have no idea who is responsible.
Wallace was set to enter high school in the fall.
“My son was a good kid, wasn’t involved in gang stuff,” his grief-stricken mother Tiffany Orr said. “That didn’t deserve to happen to him, too much violence going on. That was my baby.”
Wallace’s little brother, Raquan, called the shooting “crazy” and said he would ensure Ronald’s legacy lived on.
“Now I have to follow in his dreams, be what he wanted to be,” Raquan Wallace said.
The boy’s father, wearing his son’s basketball jersey and holding a recently earned trophy in his hand, said he hoped the killer would spend life in jail.
Police said a black revolver was recovered at the scene, police said.
Bullets don't know where to stop.

ADDENDUM (8/27/12):  From a related article:

Several dozen gathered to remember Ronald Wallace, Jr. who was shot in the back around 1 a.m. His grandmother, 52-year-old Jackie Thornton said he was on his way to the store get something to eat but he never came home. 
The avid basketball player was supposed to start Queens Richmond Hill High School in the fall as a freshman. Several of his elaborate basketball trophies crowded a shelf in the family's living room. 
The teen was also lovingly remembered by friends for his goofier side.  Fifteen-year-old Ebony Deets, who grew up with Wallace, said he would often go to great lengths to cheer her up. "If you would be moping around, he'd pull the ugliest faces to you smile. And if you were hurt, he would try to comfort you to make you feel better," Deets remembered.

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