Kathleen Horan, Reporter, WNYC News
Kathleen Horan is a staff reporter for New York Public Radio, covering the neighborhood beat. She also reports 'Reset', an ongoing series documenting police-community relations in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.
Relatives and friends of a 13-year-old boy who was shot and killed on Friday, held an evening candlelight vigil at the intersection of Tapscott and Blake Avenue in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn where he was gunned down.
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.
She stood along side a group of other mourners outside Wallace's apartment on Grafton street. She said she couldn't believe her friend was dead, adding she doesn't often go out in the neighborhood because of safety concerns.
Police say the investigation is ongoing and no arrests have been made in the case.