PICTURED: College basketball player, 21, who killed in Harlem shooting at Juneteenth ‘gathering’
IMAGE: College basketball player, 21, killed in Harlem shooting at Juneteenth ‘barbecue gathering’ as violent crime skyrockets in NYC
- Darius Lee, 21, was murdered early Monday morning during a rally in Harlem
- Lee was one of nine victims shot during a street barbecue
- The 21-year-old was a basketball player who attended Houston Baptist University in Texas. He was on track to graduate with his bachelor’s degree in December
- The other eight victims shot are in stable condition
A 21-year-old college basketball player with a “bright future” was killed early Monday morning during a rally in Harlem.
Darius Lee was shot in the chest and pronounced dead at a local hospital after shots were reported at around 12:35 a.m. at the intersection of East 139th Street and Fifth Ave in Harlem.
The student was one of nine people shot during the rally. The other victims, aged between 22 and 42, are in stable condition, the NYPD said.
An NYPD spokesperson told DailyMail.com it’s unclear what kind of gathering the victims attended. however, the Daily news reported that it was a barbecue hosted by local rapper Rich Rhymer.
A firearm was found at the crime scene, but no motive was found.
Lee’s alma mater remembered the late basketball star after the tragedy
Lee was a star player on and off the field. He was on track to graduate from Houston Baptist University in December
Paramedics Load Victim onto Stretcher At Harlem Shooting Site
Lee’s high school alma mater, St. Raymond High School, said in an Instagram trubut that he was a “phenomenal human being.”
“Besides being a great basketball star, he was a phenomenal human being, and a young man who lived such a positive life and had success in school, on the field and in life,” the school wrote in a statement. tribute message†
The young basketball player studied at Houston Baptist University in Texas. The school has a pronunciation on Monday in mourning Lee’s death.
The young basketball star was one of nine people shot at the Harlem rally
Investigators found a gun at the scene of the shooting (photo)
Officers have been seen investigating the scene after a mass shooting in Harlem early Monday morning
“Lee was on track to graduate with his undergraduate degree in December and was recently named HBU Robbie Robertson Male Student-Athlete of the Year,” the school said.
“As great as a basketball player he was, he was an even better person. I can’t even think about basketball right now. I can only imagine what a light Darius was during his short time on Earth,” added Lee’s basketball coach Ron Cottrell.
Steve Moniaci, HBU’s director of athletics, said Lee has “a bright future ahead of him, both on and off the field.”
Total crime in New York City has risen 38.35 percent since 2021, according to statistics comparing 2021 and 2022.
Crime has increased in the areas of rape, robbery, assault, burglary, grand theft and car theft – the number of murder and shooting victims has fallen slightly since 2021.
New York City experiences a 38.35 percent increase in total crime compared to 2021
Monday’s shooting comes after recent mass shootings across the United States, including the incident in Uvalde, Texas, where an 18-year-old gunman killed 19 students and two teachers at an elementary school.
Buffalo, New York was also shocked in early May when an 18-year-old opened fire at a supermarket, killing 10 and injuring three.