Wednesday, March 20th, 2013. New York City – On Sunday, March 17, activists announced that Kimani “Kiki” Gray’s wake will be on Friday, March 22, the funeral will be on Saturday, March 23 and the mass march on Sunday, March 24.
16 years old boy, Kimani “Kiki” Gray (1996 – 2013) was killed by NYPD Sgt. Mourad Mourad and Officer Jovaniel Cordova on Saturday, March 9th, 2013 around 11:30pm on East 52 Street in the neighborhood of East Flatbush. Brooklyn, NYC.
Officers said, Kimani was pointing a gun to them, however two witnesses, Tishana King told NY Daily News and Camille Johnson told ABC7 Eyewitness News that Kimani didn’t have a gun in his hands when the two NYPD undercover officers killed him last weekend.
One of the witnesses, Tishana King told the New York Daily News last week that she was “certain [Gray] didn’t have anything in his hands” when he was shot, casting doubt on police claims that Gray pointed a revolver at the officers, forcing them to open fire. She also said Gray was “backing up” when “The cop took out his gun and started firing.”
Journalist Ryan Devereaux interviewed her again. She told Ryan: “He (the officer) just kept shooting while [Gray] was on the ground.”
“I just remember screaming out the window ‘Why?! Why so much?!” King recalled. She claims the “main shooter”‘s partner–”with the short haircut”–responded.
“He started waving his gun up at our windows, myself and my neighbor. ‘Get your F-ing head out the window before I shoot you.’”
On 3/17/2013, a protesters announced that the wake will be on Friday, March 22 from 4pm to 11pm at Caribe Funeral Home. 1922 Utica Ave. Brooklyn, NY. 11234.
4 train to Utica Ave. Transfer to the bus B46 to Utica Ave and Flatlands Ave.
Q/B trains to Kings Highway. Transfer to the bus B82 to Flatlands Ave and Utica Ave.
(A wake (Irish: faire) is a ceremony associated with death. Traditionally, a wake takes place in the house of the deceased, with the body present; however, modern wakes are often performed at a funeral home. In the United States and Canada it is synonymous with a viewing. It is often a social rite which highlights the idea that the loss is one of a social group and affects that group as a whole.)
The funeral will be on Saturday, March 23th, 2013 from 9:45am to 10:45am.
St. Catherine of Genoa Church. 520 Linden Boulevard. Brooklyn, NY. 11203.
2/5 trains to Church Ave then transfer to the bus B35 going to Utica Ave. Get off at Church Ave and E. 40th St.
There is a MASS MARCH on Sunday, March 24th, 2013 at 3pm. From East 55 Street and Church Ave to the 67th precinct.
4 train to Utica, then B46 bus to Church Avenue. Walk to East 55 St.
2/5 trains to Church Ave then transfer to the bus B35 going to Utica Ave. Get off at Church Ave and E. 55 St.
A poster says, “We need justice for Kimani Gray!
The community stands by our youth! Drop all the charges against on the Flatbush 45!
Unite the hood and the whole city against the police state!”
The vigils/protests continue on the corner of East 55th St and Church Ave.
2/5 trains to Church Ave then transfer to the bus B35 going to Utica Ave.
Videos from 3/11/13. 3/12/13, 3/13/13, 3/14/13, 3/15/13, 3/16/13, 3/17/2013 and 3/19/2013.
Look at some of the pictures here.