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NEW YORK (77WABC) — The family of a 14-year-old boy was fatally shot in Queens, New York Tuesday morning has spoken out, saying they are devastated by his death.
According to police, officers found the boy’s body lying outside on a driveway on Beach 67th Street, potentially in connection to a shooting on a nearby block the night before. The boy, identified as Shawn Frye of Paterson, N.J., had been shot once in the back and was declared dead at the scene.
“It’s really hard to really understand this and what’s really going on and just trying to figure out who’s held accountable for all this,” Frye uncle, Lavar Reynolds, told ABC7. “This is a crazy situation.”
Frye’s killing comes amid a surge in gun violence in New York city. From 2019 to last year, shooting incidents roughly doubled in NYC.
The last time the number of shootings in the city reached that level was 2006, when Michael Bloomberg was mayor.