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Somebody Got Murdered: Remembering Innocent Bystander Slain Last Month in Brooklyn


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Date: Thursday, Dec. 17, 8:18 p.m.
Location: Outside 42 Hampton Place, Brooklyn.

The loss three weeks ago of 18-year-old Brooklyn youth Darrell Gresham lingers among his extended family, and at his church and his school.

Gresham was shot to death outside of his father’s home on Hampton Place Dec. 17 by a gunman who walked up and started firing. Gresham was an innocent bystander, not the target of the shooting, the police said.

Two men, who may have been acquaintances of the slain teen, drove him to Interfaith Hospital and fled without speaking to authorities.

“My heart just breaks over this,” says his uncle Charles Davis. “I tell you he was such a good boy. He had private school his whole education. He was never into trouble or violence. It’s just sad to see this happen.”…

Gresham graduated a year early from the Charles Churn Christian Academy in Brooklyn, and then took a year off to work at a Staples store. He then attended the ASA College in the city, while planning to start school at a four-year college in Pennsylvania this spring. He was studying criminal justice, with the intent to become a probation officer.

Davis says that he and Gresham had a meeting at the college the next day to discuss academics. “I texted him just an hour before the shooting to remind him,” he says. “He responded that he would be there.”

Shortly before the gunfire started, Gresham called his dad to let him know he was just outside, and that he would upstairs in a minute.

Davis says he’s hoping to create a scholarship in Gresham’s name at ASA College. The family’s church, St. Paul Baptist Church, is also planning a scholarship.

“His service was standing room only both days,” Davis says.

The police are anxious to find the killer, but sources say the people who dropped Gresham at the hospital aren’t cooperating with the investigation. One of the friends has hired a lawyer, which is not an encouraging sign.

“I’m hoping they will change their minds,” Davis says.


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