Funeral held for teen hit by stray bullet

July 3, 2008 7:48:38 PM PDT
Friends and family gathered on Thursday for an emotional and final goodbye for the 15-year-old boy killed by a stray bullet in Harlem.A funeral service for Nathan Allsbrooks was held at the Greater Refuge Temple Church in Harlem. Allsbrooks was on his way home from a party with friends when he was shot early Sunday morning.

Police say someone nearby may have been playing with a gun. So far, no arrests have been made in the case.

The shooting happened early Sunday morning near Seventh Avenue and West 127th Street in Harlem.

"You don't ever think...this would happen to your son," the victim's father, Nathan Allsbrooks, Sr., said.

Young Nathan had a million-dollar smile and a heart full of hope. He dreamed of making it all the way to the NBA when one stray bullet left him crumpled and bloodied on a Harlem street.

Police say the teen and his friend were walking home around 2:30 a.m. when the shot was fired that fatally hit him in the stomach.

Police say he was pronounced dead about 15 minutes later.

His family came rushing to the scene, just blocks from his home. Detectives do not believe Allsbooks was the intended targeted. Police believe he was hit by a stray bullet and was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Nathan attended a Catholic school. He worked with his grandfather during the summer and went to church with his grandmother on Sundays.

Family members say he didn't get into trouble on the streets. But early Sunday, trouble found him and stole him from his family.

"It's just crazy, kids killing kids," Nathan's father said. "I don't get it."