An aspiring basketball star was shot and killed on his way to practice in front of a Macon St. building in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
According to the New York Daily News, 16-year-old Latrell Brown was killed by Justin Delapara, 17, Wednesday at 2 p.m. Before the shooting, Brown stopped home after his summer job doing maintenance at P.S 262. His girlfriend, Sabrina Tucker,17, says she and Brown were walking together when they spotted Delapara.
“Me and Latrell were walking, and this guy was making a face. Latrell asks the guy if he has a problem. He turns around and shoots him,”
“I ran to him. I took my shirt and covered his head. I told him I needed him and loved him.”
Brown and Tucker were best friends before they started dating each other three years ago and Tucker confirmed that Latrell did not know Delapara. His mother, Michelle Armstrong, says her son was never in trouble and focused primarily on basketball.
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Brown played for the Brooklyn Ballers, a nonprofit basketball team and was a shooting guard. His coach says, Brown, practiced with him inside and outside of the court.
“He practices every day,”
“If he’s not playing or practicing with me, he’s outside playing in the street.”
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Delapara is charged with murder and weapons possession and will be residing at Rikers Island until his court date on July 17. His defense attorney stated they will plead not guilty.