Family and classmates mourn at the funeral of a 10-year-outdated killed in the Far Rockaway shootings – NBC New York
Family, friends, classmates, members of a community in Queens came out to mourn and say goodbye to a 10-year-old boy who was shot dead during a party at a relative’s home.
Justin Wallace’s funeral took place in a nearly packed Full Gospel Tabernacle Church, just three blocks from where the boy was shot dead in a house in Edgemere on June 5th, with a man pointing a gun at a metal railing outside the front door and fired repeatedly.
Many came to mourn and celebrate the tragedy of what happened to the boy with a cute smile and an energy that made everyone feel like they belonged. The community is still staggering and in tremendous pain.
“It hurt me so much to see this. That’s all I can say I could break down,” said Wylie Gore, who lives in Far Rockaway.
The light blue program distributed at the funeral contained photos of the boy as many remembered him: happy, hardworking and passionate. While the service was full of music and prayer, Rev. Dr. Leslie Mullings in his homily all about what it means to forgive and to love.
“Justin’s a living example that we’re here today and not tomorrow,” said Mullings.
Outside the church were some of Justin’s favorite cars that some of his friends were standing in and crying. Justin’s father helped carry his son’s coffin out after the service, and everyone was having trouble what to tell him.
“That feeling is beyond expression. I have a 9-year-old daughter and it’s something I wouldn’t even imagine,” said Wilton Brown.
While friends and family try to cope with the shooting of the 10-year-old boy from Edgemere, the police are looking for the shooter responsible. Erica Byfield from NBC New York reports.
In the middle of the service, a group of Justin’s classmates stood up and recited the school promise Justin should have made with them during graduation. But because he was killed before that day, his friends wanted to honor Justin that way.
Days after the shooting, which also injured Justin’s cousin, police arrested a suspect in the shooting on Justin’s 11th birthday. Jovan Young was arrested and charged with murder, assault and criminal possession of guns.
According to the police, the motive for the shooting was a dispute over a joint driveway. Young was held without bail following his indictment on a case that caused grief and outrage from town hall to the victim’s neighborhood in Edgemere.
Young faces a life sentence of up to 25 years if convicted.
The man believed to be responsible for the fatal shooting of a ten-year-old Queens boy over the weekend has been arrested and taken into police custody, three senior police officers said. This is what Checkey Beckford reports from NBC New York.
Two other neighbors are also faced with various weapon allegations in connection with the shootings on Saturday evening. After executing a search warrant in a house next door, police arrested Ashram Lochan, 26, and charged him with various gun crimes. The charges came after police seized a 9mm pistol, a .380 pistol, a .410 revolver and two flare pistols.
The next day, Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced charges against Ashram and Elizabeth Lochan, who live next to the house where Justin Wallace was killed. Both face up to seven years imprisonment if convicted, said Katz.