Bay Shore shooting victim was aspiring rapper
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The 21-year-old Bay Shore man shot to death while riding his bicycle on Thanksgiving was an aspiring rapper who was heading home from his overnight job at a United Parcel Service center, the victim's grandmother said Saturday.
Naim Isiah Al-Hakeem, who lived with his grandparents, was discovered by a motorist at about 5:30 a.m. Thursday on Manatuck Boulevard in North Bay Shore. He was lying under his bike with a bullet wound to his head, Suffolk police said.
Authorities have not identified a motive or a suspect in the case.
Polly Al-Hakeem said her grandson stayed out of trouble, was focused on work and his music, and was saving money to buy his first car.
"He was always very helpful and kindhearted," Al-Hakeem said outside her one-story home on Princeton Street.
Naim, the oldest of three siblings, was born and raised in Marietta, Ga., and moved to Long Island after graduating from high school. His sister, Naadiyah, 16, and brother, Nasir, live in Georgia.
For the past year, Al-Hakeem worked nights sorting boxes at a UPS facility on Executive Drive in Edgewood, his grandmother said.
But her grandson's true passion was rap music, she said.
Al-Hakeem rapped under the name Isiah Wolfe and was part of a hip-hop group known as the Green Enk Society. He planned to release his first mix tape next month.
Wolfe posted a video on YouTube last month in which he raps about family, women and street violence.
The video opens with a quote from former Nation of Islam leader Malcolm X shortly before his murder in 1965: "I am a man who believed that I died 20 years ago, and I live like a man who is dead already. I have no fear whatsoever of anybody or anything."
Funeral arrangements for Al-Hakeem are still being planned, family members said.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Suffolk Crime Stoppers at 800-220-TIPS.