A touching tribute sprung up outside a problematic Harlem NYCHA building on Sunday, after a 16-year-old kid was shot dead – the complex’s second homicide in less than a week.
The morning after Jamere “Benji” Chapman was shot in the abdomen on E. 124th St. at Second Ave., mourners put images of the teen outside the Wagner Houses with comments like “I love you forever Benji” and “RIP Benji.”
Chapman’s murder is the Wagner Houses’ third since August, and the second since Wednesday.
“Man, he was a nice person. “He’ll be missed, dude,” one neighbor, who did not want to be identified, said. “I’m sorry, but I don’t get it, guy.” There are a lot of folks who are simply dying for no reason. It’s insane…. That’s why, man, I’m just going home. At night, I don’t screw around.”
Cops believe the incident was the consequence of a botched cocaine deal.
“He was the youngest person on the street,” said that another neighbor, who learned of the teen’s death Sunday morning and came to pay his respects at the funeral. “It’s insane.”
Susakii Young, 34, was shot in the head on a pathway close to a playground in the complex on Wednesday night by a shooter who tracked him down.
Young, who lived several streets west of the property, acted oddly at times, according to a neighbor.
“He used to sit here on the stairs, go up and down, and sip a Coke.” “Sometimes he’d reply, occasionally he wouldn’t,” said Warren, a neighbor. “Double G.”
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