A deaf and mute Brooklyn man was fatally shot early Friday
while waiting to catch a bus home after basketball practice, police said.
Kevin Lazare, 25, of East New York, was waiting near a B15 bus shelter at
Rockaway and Hegeman avenues in Brownsville when he was shot three times in the
back, police said.
Lazare, who had left a nearby recreational center a few hours before the
1:30 a.m. shooting, was taken to Brookdale Hospital Center. He clung to life
for several hours before dying, his stepfather, Kenneth Mano, said.
It was not clear, authorities said, how many people were involved in the
shooting or how many shots were fired. Police, who said they had no suspects or
motives, were still searching for witnesses.
At the Millford Avenue home where Lazare's family was already grieving the
murder of his father in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, only two weeks ago,
family members said they were convinced Kevin Lazare was the victim of an
Police said they had ruled out robbery because they found a few dollars in
"I don't think this guy had enemies," Mano said. "He was just a good, good
guy. You could ask anything of him."
"He can handle himself," he added. "You gotta know that this guy is deaf
and mute to know that he's handicapped. Otherwise, he looks like an ordinary
Mano said he had given Lazare $10 on Thursday night, before he left for the
Brooklyn Recreational Center, a Police Athletic League facility at IS 275. The
bus stop is in front of the center.
A plastic bag in a bedroom of the home held blood-stained items recovered
by police: blue basketball trunks, black jeans and a gray down jacket with
three bullet piercings on its back.
"The only thing he liked was his basketball," Kevin's mother, Kathleen
Lazare, said at the bus shelter minutes after a cardboard box containing five
votive candles was placed there as a memorial.
"This is madness!" a family friend shouted as Kathleen Lazare arrived at
the scene with two bouquets of flowers. "A man can be walking down the street
and nobody sees nothing! Nobody cares!"
Family members said Lazare, who was born deaf and mute, spent most of his
evenings practicing his three-point shots at the center.
When not working for his stepfather's construction business, they said, he
spent most of his time in the neighborhood around IS 275. His mother owns a
tailor shop a few blocks away, and his aunt lives nearby.
Lazare, who graduated from George Westinghouse High School, was attending a
vocational training school, Mano said.
On Thursday, Lazare picked up his sister, Kareen Mano, from school, before
heading to the center, his mother said. Friday, Kareen, 12, sat in the family's
living room surrounded by grieving relatives.
"When I heard he got shot, I thought he would survive," she said. "But he
passed away. I never thought he would die."
Crimestoppers is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to an
arrest. Call 800-577-TIPS.
Staff writer Sean Gardiner contributed to this story.