Senseless: 16-Year-Old NYC Boy Murdered After Refusing To Hand Over $600 Jacket To Gang Members

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NYC Boy Murdered After Refusing To Hand Over $600 Jacket

A 16-year-old boy is dead, after being shot Friday night on the Lower East Side.

Via NYPost reports:

A Lower East Side teenager by the name of Raphael Ward was senselessly slaughtered after he refused to hand over his trendy Marmot winter parka to a gang of thugs, police sources said yesterday.

The gunman, described as 5-foot-6, 120 to 140 pounds, was wearing a dark wool hat and a ski mask when he walked up to Ward in the 32 degree cold and shot him just minutes after the altercation over the jacket, police sources said.

After he was shot, a dying Ward — still wearing his bloodied parka — stumbled across the street to the Tearedhan convenience store and told workers there he had been approached by a group of people who had wanted his jacket, police sources said.

The Marmot parkas can sell for as much as $600.

Police are looking at security-camera video that may have captured the coldblooded murder.

The victim’s stunned friend Cynthia Nieves, 14, said she met Ward just before he was gunned down. Although he didn’t tell her what was wrong, he warned her: “Go home!”

“He knew they were coming back,” she said.

Nicholas Ramos, 18, said he and Ward went to get a slice of pizza across from the church, but Ward “stopped to talk to somebody and I went across the street to the pizza place, and that’s when he got shot,” said Ramos.

Ramos said he heard several shots, but waited a minute before he ran out to help Ward. The victim was later declared dead at Beth Israel Hospital.

A young life cut short because of a simple piece of clothing, how sad. Keep the Ward family in your prayers.

Tajanae Brown

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