NYC hoop star Darius Lee’s father says son was ‘victim of the streets’

NYC hoop star Darius Lee’s father says son was ‘victim of the streets’

A school hoops standout from Harlem is one other “sufferer of the streets” his distraught dad advised The Publish Monday night, decrying gun violence within the metropolis as “simply ridiculous.”

Darius Lee, 21, was senselessly gunned down early Monday in a mass taking pictures during which he was not the meant goal, police mentioned. The promising hoops star had visions of stardom earlier than his life was tragically lower brief, his father mentioned.

“My son at all times mentioned he wished to be on TV. He bought his want however within the unsuitable method,” Eric Lee, 50, advised The Publish. “He bought all of it proper right here. He bought his want. A sufferer of the streets.”

Darius Lee was pronounced useless at Lincoln Medical Middle. He was amongst 9 victims shot close to East 139th Avenue and Fifth Avenue throughout a late-night gathering. The 6-foot-6 guard had been lacing up for Houston Baptist College in Texas.

Darius Lee’s mom heard pictures ring out within the park from her dwelling and commenced frantically attempting to succeed in her son, Eric Lee mentioned.

“She heard the pictures, she referred to as and he didn’t reply. She referred to as him once more and he didn’t reply,” Eric Lee mentioned. “His finest pal referred to as his mother and mentioned ‘I’m sorry.’ She mentioned ‘sorry for what?’ He mentioned ‘I’m sorry, Darius was shot.’ ”

Darius Lee was amongst 9 victims shot close to East 139th Avenue and Fifth Avenue throughout a late-night gathering.

A neighborhood organizer beforehand advised The Publish Darius Lee’s mom was scouring the neighborhood pleading for information of her son after the taking pictures.

Coaches, teammates, household and buddies are gathering to mourn the faculty basketball participant at William McCray Playground, which is throughout the road from the mom’s condo.

Police haven’t decided a motive for the taking pictures, and no suspects are in custody.

Eric Lee recommended his son’s abilities on the hardwood, noting how he had a full scholarship to play basketball.

“He was on his method,” Eric Lee mentioned.

Darius Lee’s highschool basketball coach at St. Raymond Excessive Faculty for Boys within the Bronx plans to immortalize Lee, who wore No. 42 in school.

“This one hit slightly totally different,” Eric Lee mentioned. “That is one thing totally different that no one anticipated. The man don’t curse. He don’t hang around. He don’t drink. He don’t do something. He simply play PS5 and play basketball.

“This gun violence is simply ridiculous. It has to cease. Harmless bystanders. Harmless. He didn’t deserve this.”

Darius Lee’s highschool basketball coach Chris Williams at St. Raymond Excessive Faculty for Boys within the Bronx, plans to immortalize the ring retailer by retiring his former jersey quantity.Kevin C. Downs for The New York Publish

Eric Lee blasted Mayor Eric Adams, arguing gun violence has gotten worse since he took workplace initially of the yr.

Adams ran on and has made decreasing crime an indicator of his mayoralty thus far.

“Do your job. This gun violence has gotten ridiculous since he got here in workplace. That is ridiculous. Do your job,” Eric Lee mentioned of Adams.

“It’s unhealthy out right here,” Eric Lee mentioned of the continuing gun violence. “These little youngsters will not be enjoying.”

As for his message to the killer, Eric Lee mentioned, “I hope justice is served.”

Adams, in a 1010 WINS interview Monday, mentioned he was in Harlem till 2 a.m. following the deadly taking pictures. He was answering a query a couple of ruling coming down from the Supreme Courtroom quickly that might make it simpler to hold hid weapons within the metropolis during which the Harlem taking pictures was referenced.

“We’re going to proceed to zero in on eradicating weapons off the road. We’ve got eliminated over 3,000 weapons so far. We’re going to proceed to go after these shooters,” Adams mentioned, in line with a transcript posted on the town’s web site. “And I’m glad to listen to that the courtroom system is selecting up a few of these instances, however we have now to maneuver even additional to make sure harmful individuals go to trial and the willpower if they’re responsible, they serve time. We’re going to do our job because the police division, however we want our companions within the felony justice system to assist us.”

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