- Last Updated: 11:29 PM, July 10, 2012
- Posted: 3:43 PM, July 10, 2012
A Brooklyn teen who was shot in the head last month passed away today on his 15th birthday, police said.
Akeal Christopher was taken off life support after he was left brain-dead from a June 27 shooting in Bushwick, cops said.
“He was 14 years old when he got shot. Today is his birthday, I’m suffering,” said his mother Natasha Christopher, 37. “The people who did this need to be brought to justice. I’ve been going through hell.”
Christopher was walking home with his cousin and friends from a graduation party when two thugs approached them on the corner of Jefferson Street and Evergreen Avenue shortly before 11 p.m., and asked if they were part of a local gang crew.
“Are you a part of the Loot Crew?” one of them asked Christopher’s group, according to Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.
They fired at the group, hitting Christopher.
The bullet tore through his brain, a source said. No arrests have been made.
He was a tenth-grader at Transit Tech HS in East New York.
“Why would someone shoot him in the back of the head like an animal? I’m still trying to process that my 15-year-old die on his birthday,” said Christopher. “I don’t want any mother to go through the hurt that I’m going through. We need to get the guns off the street!”