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Mom of shooting victim Kimani Gray asks for justice

Carol Gray, the mother of Kimani Gray, holds

Carol Gray, the mother of Kimani Gray, holds a photo of her and Kimanai, as she talks to media with her attorney. (March 14, 2013) Credit: Charles Eckert

The family of a 16-year-old Brooklyn boy shot dead by police Saturday called for justice and calm in East Flatbush as the NYPD braced for another night of street disturbances.

Saying her son was "slaughtered" by police, the mother of Kimani Gray called on people in East Flatbush who saw her son shot by plainclothes officers to talk with prosecutors.

"Today I'm asking for justice and I'm asking why, why was Kimani murdered and slaughtered," said an emotional Carol Gray at a news conference in Brooklyn Thursday afternoon.

A law enforcement source said that Kimani Gray was a member of the Bloods street gang but his mother said her son, who she called her "angel," was not a gang member.

He "died in the hood where he was born" and she will have to bury him in the same cemetery plot where his older brother -- who died in a car accident two years ago -- lies, Carol Gray said.

Violence in East Flatbush on Wednesday night stemmed from protests over Kimani Gray's death and police conduct. Police made 48 arrests, mostly for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Among those arrested was Gray's sister Mahnefeh, who was released after being given a desk appearance ticket, said officials. Two others were charged with felonies for assaulting police officers.

Carol Gray asked all witnesses to stop talking to police and reporters until they were interviewed by investigators for the Brooklyn district attorney's office.

Kimani Gray was shot seven times Saturday by police who said he is believed to have pulled a gun on the officers when he was confronted. A loaded .38-caliber revolver was found at the scene. Witnesses heard police say "freeze" during the incident. Gray said she didn't believe her son had a gun because he was "scared of everything."

Gray acknowledged that her son once been brought to a school truancy office in handcuffs but didn't give details.

Gray's mother told reporters she didn't condone "any riots, any looting, any shooting, anything against any police officer.

Two police officers shot down Kimani and I only want justice for two officers to be off the street before they hurt another young man."

At a separate news conference, City Councilman Jumaane Williams (D- Flatbush) sent out a tweet in which he asked outsiders to stay away.

"There are people, well-intentioned they may be, that are coming into the community and making it worse," Williams said.

With Igor Kossov


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