Friday, March 22, 2013. New York City – For a second week in a row, supporters of Kimani “Kiki” Gray‘s family have had vigils in memory of Kimani and marches to the 67th precinct to demand justice for the 16 years old boy 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.
Kimani was the son of Carol Gray, a Jamaican mother and a Guyanese father.
“My point as a mother is regardless if you even suspect that he has a gun, one shot was enough. Not so many. The neighbor said Kimani was crying for his life. He was like ‘Ok, you got me. You got me. I don’t want to die. Don’t kill me.’”- Carol Gray, 49, mother of Kimani
The two undercover officers fired a total of 11 shots, hitting the teen seven times. four in the front and three in the back.
The Caribbean-Guyana Institute for Democracy led by Rickford Burke told The New York Carib News, “…the NYPD may have illegally released sealed information from Kimani’s juvenile record in what is generally seen as a flagrant attempt to justify the shooting and to pain the West Indian youth as a gang-banger with a gun.”
On March 16th, The Urban Assembly School of Design and Construction sent a letter to parents in honor of Kimani Gray.
“We believed in his potential from the day he entered our school. He traveled for over an hour each day from East Flatbush to Midtown West to our little architectural themed high school. The year and a half we had with Kimani allowed us to get to know his best self.
Kimani made great strides this year academically. He was taking an extra English class after school; he was writing a dramatic dialogue in another English class; his group in Design class was working on a project to design a school. Now they are working to complete their project without him.
My hope is that as a community we can agree that the death of anyone so young is tragic. Kimani should be remembered for all of who he was — an energetic, kind, playful, independent young man who was trying to learn and grow one day at a time.” Wrote principal Matt Willoughby.
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.
MORE PHOTOS COMING SOON
Kimani Gray’s sister, speaks for the first time in front of the 67th precinct: “(My brother) didn’t have a gun…You didn’t have to kill him”.
Videos from 3/11/13. 3/12/13, 3/13/13, 3/14/13, 3/15/13, 3/16/13, 3/17/2013, 3/19/2013 and 3/21/2013.
Look at some of the pictures here.