A COLLEGE basketball star died after gunfire erupted while filming a rap video in Harlem.
The slain victim has been identified as Houston Baptist University basketball star Darius Lee, 21, the team’s head coach Ron Cottrell announced on Monday.
“We are devastated. Darius was a remarkable young man who loved the Lord, his mom, his teammates, his friends and his entire HBU family,” Cottrell said.
“We are in shock and cannot wrap our heads around this news. My heart breaks for his mom, his sister and his entire family, and for our basketball team.
“The only thing we find comfort in right now is knowing where Darius is. He is in the arms of Jesus… we know that as fact. And we will see him again someday.”
The tragic scene unfolded at 12.40am on Monday at a park in East Harlem.
Lee, a Harlem native, and eight others were shot after a fight broke out while filming a rap video at a park where they were enjoying a Father’s Day BBQ.
When NYPD officials arrived on the scene, they discovered five people with gunshot wounds on a footpath along the FDR highway.
Four other victims were also taken to the hospital.
In all, seven men and two women were injured during the early morning incident.
Lee was transported to the hospital, where he was declared dead.
The other eight victims sustained non-life-threatening injuries, the NYPD said.
It’s Father’s Day weekend. It’s a weekend where people were supposed to be able to enjoy themselves with their families, but we’re here to provide an update to New Yorkers about multiple people shot early this morning,” NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said during a Monday morning press conference.
“The emboldened individuals responsible for this are exactly who our officers are battling every day to make our city safe.”
st. Raymond High School for Boys, where Lee graduated in 2019, also confirmed the grim news of his “senseless passing”.
“Aside from being a tremendous basketball star, he was a phenomenal human being, and a young man living such a positive life, succeeding in school, on the court, and in life,” the Bronx school said on Instagram on Monday.
“These senseless acts of violence need to stop…such a tragedy.”
Police have said that no arrests have been made.